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Thom Yorke to Score a New Broadway Play

Spin logoSpin 8/12/2015 James Grebey

Thom Yorke is headed to the theater. The Radiohead frontman is set to provide original music for a new Broadway show, the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Harold Pinter’s Old TimesDirected by Douglas Hodge and starring Clive Owen, Eve Best, and Kelly Reilly, the moody play sounds like a great fit for Yorke’s sound. “Deeley and his wife Kate are visited by Anna, a mysterious friend of Kate’s from long ago,” the show’s summary reads. “What begins as a trip down memory lane quickly becomes something more, as long-simmering feelings of fear and jealousy begin to fuel the trio’s passions, sparking a seductive battle for power.”

“It’s been a pleasure working with Doug [Hodge] on my first stage production,” Yorke said in a statement. “I’ve enjoyed exploring through music the script’s themes of love and memory as well as Pinter’s rhythms, twists and turns.”

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs at the Park Stage at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2011 in Glastonbury, England. Music fans had to brave more rain today at the five-day festival which opened on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. This year's festival features headline acts U2, Coldplay and Beyonce. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, has grown into Europe's largest music festival attracting more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images) © SPIN GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs at the Park Stage at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2011 in Glastonbury, England. Music fans had to brave more rain today at the five-day festival which opened on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. This year's festival features headline acts U2, Coldplay and Beyonce. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, has grown into Europe's largest music festival attracting more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

“The music Thom has written for Old Times gives an immediacy and a ‘now‐ness’ to the show,” Hodge explained. “The play itself is about memory and love — Thom’s music works backwards and forwards and plays with time and repetition in the same way Pinter does. In true Thom Yorke-style, the music is epic, heartbreaking, irresistible and complex. I’m hopeful this collaboration will result in a new kind of theatergoer coming to our show.”

Previews for Old Times start on September 17, with an October 6 proper opening. The run will last through November 29 at New York City’s American Airlines Theatre.

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