Tom Stoppard Pens "Dark Side of the Moon" Radio Play for BBC
By Adam Hetrick
Tony, Academy and Olivier Award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard has penned a new radio play based on the landmark Pink Floyd album "The Dark Side of the Moon," according to the BBC.
Airing Aug. 26 on BBC Radio 2, the audio drama, which incorpoprates music from the album, will feature Olivier Award-winning actor Iwan Rheon and Amaka Okafor in the two leading roles, as well as Bill Nighy, Rufus Sewell and Adrian Scarborough.
Billed as a "fantastical and psychedelic" story, the hour-long piece will celebrate the 40th release of the rock album. It is expected to be a dramatic examination of the album's themes of "conflict, greed and madness" that "takes listeners on a journey through their imaginations."
The BBC reports that Stoppard had initially been approached to author a play based on the album in the early 1970's.
"I have read the script of Tom's radio play 'Dark Side' and found it fascinating. I can't wait to hear it come to life with the great cast performing it and our music woven into it. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate The Dark Side Of The Moon's 40 year anniversary," said Pink Floyd band member David Gilmour.
Stoppard is a four-time Tony Award winner for his plays The Coast of Utopia, The Real Thing, Travesties and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. His works for the stage also include Rock 'n' Roll, Arcadia, The Invention of Love, Jumpers, Artist Descending a Staircase and Night and Day. Stoppard won an Academy Award for "Shakespeare in Love." He has also penned the screenplay for "Anna Karenina" and the television series "Parade's End" in recent years.
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