Tom Stoppard to write radio play inspired by Pink Floyd

David Gilmour says the script is "fascinating"

By Prachi Gupta

Published March 28, 2013 11:44AM (EDT)

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Pink Floyd recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of "The Dark Side of the Moon" on Sunday, streaming the entire album on the band's Web site. Fans were invited to participate via social media with the hashtag #DarkSide40 in the international event. But the celebration isn't over yet: the BBC has announced that Academy Award-winning playwright Sir Tom Stoppard is joining the celebration, too, with a radio play inspired by the album.

From the BBC:

"Stoppard's hour-long play, called Dark Side, will incorporate music from the album, which stayed in the charts for 741 weeks until 1988, and what is described as a 'fantastical and psychedelic story that takes listeners on a journey through their imaginations.'

Stoppard, a long-time Pink Floyd fan who was first approached with the idea of writing a play about the album by a friend in 1973, said: 'This is more or less, I think, the first time anything like this has been done on radio.' "

Pink Floyd lead vocalist David Gilmour says he has seen the script "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," he said.

The cast includes film actors  Bill Nighy ("Love Actually"), Adrian Scarborough ("The King's Speech) and Rufus Sewell ("Tristan and Isolde").

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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