Sir Tom Stoppard's dramatisation of The Dark Side Of The Moon made for Radio 2 is to be commercially released.
The acclaimed playwright was commissioned by the BBC station to come up with a play around the iconic Pink Floyd album, which celebrates its 40th birthday this year. He delivered Darkside and the results, which combine dramatic dialogue and the original album itself, went out on Radio 2 on Bank Holiday Monday on August 26 this year.
Now Darkside will be commericaly released as a deluxe CD packpage worldwide by ADA for Parlophone/Warner on November 25, marking the first new Pink Floyd release since Warner started looking after the group's catalogue. This followed its £487m deal to buy EMI assets, including Parlophone, that Universal had to dispose of as a condition of the European Commission approving its $1.9bn (£1.2bn) takeover of the UK headquartered major.
The release has been produced in collaboration with Stoppard's publisher Faber and Faber and will comprise the 54-minute play and a 56-page bound insert of the play's script. The play's cast included Bill Nighy.
Stoppard said: “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.' 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 40thbirthday of the Pink Floyd album, it really wasn’t a very difficult decision.”
The band's David Gilmour said he found Stoppard's script fascinating, adding: "I can’t think of a better way to celebrate The Dark Side of The Moon’s 40-year anniversary.”
Pink Floyd co-founder and drummer Nick Mason added: “I love it. If anyone is going to mess with the crown jewel of albums, Tom is a very good choice.”