Tom Stoppard explores the Dark Side

Dark Side team (L-r) Rufus Sewell, Iwan Rheon, Amaka Okafor and Bill Nighy join Sir Tom Stoppard (centre)

Oscar-winning writer Sir Tom Stoppard has scripted a Radio 2 play to mark the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's seminal album The Dark Side Of The Moon.

Dark Side will be a 'dramatic examination of themes including conflict, greed and madness', according to Jeff Smith, the station's head of music.

The cast will be led by Misfits actor Iwan Rheon and stage actress Amaka Okafor, who will be joined by Bill Nighy, Rufus Sewell, and Adrian Scarborough.

Airing on August bank holiday, the play was initially suggested about 40 years ago by one of Stoppard's friends.

Stoppard, who won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, said: '[I thought] Yes I definitely want to do that but had no idea for a long time what I would do.

'Finally, I found some time and sat down and listened to the album for the thousandth time and picked up from the beginning and kept going.'

The Dark Side Of The Moon was in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, selling an estimated 50 million copies.

Pink Floyd musician David Gilmour described the script as 'fascinating'.

'I can't wait to hear it come to life with the great cast performing it and our music woven into it,' he added.

Dark Side is produced in-house by the BBC radio drama team.

Radio 6 Music will also host a Pink Floyd special before the broadcast of Dark Side.

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