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article imagePink Floyd inspire new Stoppard play

By Tim Sandle     Mar 31, 2013 in Entertainment
Pink Floyd's 1973 'Dark Side of the Moon' album has inspired a new play written by Sir Tom Stoppard. The play will be broadcast on BBC radio.
The new play is to be called 'Dark Side' and it will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on 26 August, according to the BBC. The cast includes Bill Nighy, Iwan Rheon, Amaka Okafor and Rufus Sewell.
The 'Dark Side of the Moon' is the eighth studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in March 1973. The album remained in the U.S. charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988.
Sir Tom Stoppard is a celebrated playwright who has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage. He co-wrote the screenplays for the movies Brazil and Shakespeare in Love, and has received one Academy Award and four Tony Awards.
The new play is designed to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Pink Floyd album. According to the Guardian, the play has been described by Radio 2's head of music, Jeff Smith, as a "dramatic examination of themes including conflict, greed and madness". The play will include sections of music from the Floyd album.
According to the Daily Telegraph, all tacks from the album will be featured chronologically, with the characters’ dialogue spoken between tracks and over instrumental sections. The story will focus on a young couple who face various modern dilemmas, including the album’s themes of greed and madness.
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