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'Darkside,' Tom Stoppard's Radio Play Celebrating 40th Anniversary of Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon,' to Be Released November 25

'Darkside,' Tom Stoppard's Radio Play Celebrating 40th Anniversary of Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon,' to Be Released November 25

Darkside, a radio play written by playwright Tom Stoppard for BBC Radio 2, incorporating music from Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, will released as a deluxe CD package November 25.

The play was an original commission by Radio 2 to mark the 40th anniversary of Dark Side and was broadcast August 26.

"When The Dark Side of the Moon was a new album in 1973, a friend of mine walked into my room where I was working with a copy in his hand and said, 'You really have to do a play about this album'," Stoppard says. "So, when, roughly 39-and-a-half years later, Jeff Smith from Radio 2 asked me if I'd like to do some kind of play around the 40th birthday of the album, it really wasn't a very difficult decision."

The package resembles a hard-backed book, including a CD of the 54-minute play, which includes the majority of The Dark Side of the Moon, plus a 56-page bound insert of the play's script. The cover features artwork by Hipgnosis designer Aubrey "Po" Powell in collaboration with Storm Studios, based on the specially-created Aardman Animations piece used to publicize the broadcast.

The full play script includes all the dialogue and stage directions, plus Roger Waters' original lyrics from the album. A second disc will feature text translations in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin and Japanese.

The play follows Emily, a philosophy student, through a series of thought experiments, which are vividly brought to life by a cast of characters portrayed by Bill Nighy, Rufus Sewell and others.

David Gilmour: "I found the script of Tom's play fascinating; I can't think of a better way to celebrate The Dark Side of The Moon's 40-year anniversary."

Nick Mason: "I love it. If anyone is going to mess with the crown jewel of albums, Tom is a very good choice."

The album is available for pre-order at Amazon. For more information about all things Floyd-related, visit darkside40.pinkfloyd.com.



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