Radiohead's Thom Yorke composes music for Old Times


The Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that three-time Grammy Award winner Thom Yorke of Radiohead has composed original music for its upcoming revival of Harold Pinter's Old Times.

Director Douglas Hodge released the following statement:

"The music Thom has written for Old Times gives an immediacy and a 'now-ness' to the show. 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."

Mr Yorke added:

"It's been a pleasure working with Doug on my first stage production. I've enjoyed exploring through music the script's themes of love and memory as well as Pinter's rhythms, twists and turns."

Thom Yorke has released 2 solo albums, 8 studio albums with Radiohead, and 1 studio album with Atoms for Peace.

The rest of the creative team features scenic design by Christine Jones, costume design by Constance Hoffman, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, and sound design by Clive Goodwin.

Old Times, directed by Tony winner Douglas Hodge, begins previews on 17 September 2015, before an official opening on 6 October, and a limited engagement through to 29 November 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre.

The cast includes Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Clive Owen, who will be making his Broadway debut in the role of Deeley, Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee Eve Best as Anna, and Olivier Award nominee Kelly Reilly as Kate.

Synopsis: "Old Times is an unsettling drama of desire and blurred realities by Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter. Deeley (Owen) is a man quite looking forward to meeting Anna, his wife Kate's friend from long ago. But as the night goes on, Anna's visit quickly shifts from an ordinary sharing of memories to a quiet battle for power."

The play is the opening production of the Roundabout Theatre Company's 50th Anniversary Season.

- by Tom Millward

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