The 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd‘s 1973 classic, “Dark Side of the Moon,” has inspired an upcoming play on BBC Radio 2.
The BBC reports the hour-long audio drama “Dark Side”, by Sir Tom Stoppard, will be broadcast on August 26, incorporating music from the album as part of its “fantastical and psychedelic” story.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate The Dark Side of the Moon’s 40-year anniversary,” commented Floyd member David Gilmour, who said he found Sir Tom’s script “fascinating.”
According to the broadcaster, Floyd fan Sir Tom was first approached with the suggestion of writing a play based on the album in 1973. The 75-year-old welcomed the suggestion but had “no idea” how to approach it until recently.
Jeff Smith, Radio 2’s head of music, said the play would be a “dramatic examination” of the album’s themes, “conflict, greed and madness” among them.
“The Dark Side of the Moon” has sold an estimated 50 million copies.
Don’t forget Roger Waters tours the album that came along a few years later and arrives at the Aviva Dublin in September, for “The Wall Open Air 2013”