THOM YORKE to compose original music for Broadway
ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Will Compose Original Music For
CLIVE OWEN EVE BEST KELLY REILLY
by HAROLD PINTER
Directed by DOUGLAS HODGE
Previews begin September 17, 2015
Official opening October 6, 2015
Limited engagement through November 29, 2015
On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is thrilled to announce that Thom Yorke, singer and principal songwriter for the three-time Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band, Radiohead, will compose original music for Harold Pinter’s Old Times, directed by Douglas Hodge, and starring Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly as part of Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season.
Old Times director Douglas Hodge notes: “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.”
“It’s been a pleasure working with Doug on my first stage production,” adds Thom Yorke. “I’ve enjoyed exploring through music the script’s themes of love and memory as well as Pinter’s rhythms, twists and turns.”
Old Times will begin preview performances on Thursday, September 17, 2015, and open officially on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. This is a limited engagement through Sunday, November 29, 2015, on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street).
Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly star in Old Times, the unsettling drama of desire and blurred realities by Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter. Owen is Deeley, a man quite looking forward to meeting Anna (Best), his wife Kate’s (Reilly) 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. Douglas Hodge, a frequent performer and director of Pinter’s works, directs the haunting and passionate revival.
Roundabout has a longstanding relationship with Harold Pinter, having produced ten productions of his work since 1971, including: The Caretaker starring Patrick Stewart, Kyle MacLachlan and Aidan Gillen (2003); Betrayal starring Juliette Binoche, Liev Schreiber and John Slattery (2000), which received a Tony Award nomination for Best Revival of a Play; the American premiere of Ashes to Ashes starring Lindsay Duncan and David Strathairn (1999); the American premiere of Moonlight starring Jason Robards and Blythe Danner (1995); No Man’s Land starring Christopher Plummer and Jason Robards (1994); The Homecoming starring Roy Dotrice and Lindsay Crouse (1991); Old Times starring Jane Alexander, Anthony Hopkins and Marsha Mason (1984); The Caretaker (1982 and 1973); and The Lover (1972).
The design team includes Christine Jones (sets), Constance Hoffman (costumes), Japhy Weideman (lighting), Clive Goodwin (sound) and Thom Yorke (music).
Tickets for Old Times are available by calling 212-719-1300 or by visiting roundabouttheatre.org for more info.
Old Times will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.
Opening Night for Old Times is supported by Jaeger-LeCoultre.
DOUGLAS HODGE (Director) returns to Roundabout Theatre Company following his critically acclaimed performance as Cyrano in the 2012 Broadway production of Cyrano de Bergerac. An Olivier- and Tony Award-winning actor, Douglas is currently playing Inspector Rusk in season two of “Penny Dreadful,” opposite Eva Green and Josh Hartnett. He has recently wrapped work on Tulip Fever for director Justin Chadwick and The Weinstein Company. In May, Douglas completed his celebrated year-long run as the legendary Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed on the West End by Sam Mendes. For his performance, Douglas was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for the fifth time, following nominations for 2012 Best Actor for Inadmissible Evidence (nomination), 2009 Best Actor in a Musical for La Cage Aux Folles (winner), 2006 Best Actor in a Musical for Guys and Dolls (nomination) and 2001 Best Supporting Actor for The Caretaker (nomination). Known as a premiere interpreter of Harold Pinter’s plays, Douglas surprised and starred as Albin in the West End production and Broadway transfer of La Cage Aux Folles for which his performance won him a Tony Award (Best Actor), a Drama Desk Award (Best Actor) and an Outer Critics Award (Best Actor). Douglas’s versatility extends into his work in film and television. He has appeared on the big screen for major directors including Robin Hood directed by Ridley Scott, Diana directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, and Vanity Fair directed by Mira Nair. His television credits include “One Night” (BBC) and the miniseries “The Town” and “Secret State.” Douglas was the associate director for the Donmar Theatre and directed the sold-out West End run of See How They Run. He also has two albums of compositions: Cowley Road Songs and Nightbus, and won the Stiles and Drew Best Songwriter Award in 2011.
thom yorkE (Music) is a British musician best known as singer, principal songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in the band Radiohead. In addition to Radiohead’s catalogue of albums including “Pablo Honey,” “The Bends,” “OK Computer,” “Kid A,” “Amnesiac,” “Hail To The Thief,” “In Rainbows” and “The King Of Limbs,” Thom has recorded and performed extensively outside the band. His debut solo album, “The Eraser,” was released in 2006. In 2009, he released the double A-side single “Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses/The Hollow Earth” and formed the band Atoms For Peace. Named for a song on “The Eraser,” Atoms For Peace performed songs from that album live for the first time, and later released its debut album “Amok” in 2013. Most recently, Thom released his second solo record “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” in 2014.
Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences.
Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of Roundabout’s mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.
American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Roundabout’s 2014-2015 season concludes with the world premiere of Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other, directed by Trip Cullman.
Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season in 2015-2016 includes: Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly in Old Times by Harold Pinter, directed by Douglas Hodge; Andrea Martin, Campbell Scott, Tracee Chimo, Daniel Davis, David Furr, Kate Jennings Grant, Megan Hilty, Rob McClure and Jeremy Shamos in Noises Off by Michael Frayn, directed by Jeremy Herrin; The Humans by Stephen Karam, directed by Joe Mantello; Keira Knightley, Gabriel Ebert, Matt Ryan and Judith Light in a new adaptation of Thérèse Raquin by Helen Edmundson, based upon the novel by Émile Zola, directed by Evan Cabnet; Laura Benanti, Josh Radnor, René Auberjonois, Gavin Creel, Michael McGrath and Jane Krakowski in She Loves Me by Joe Masteroff, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, directed by Scott Ellis; Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Shannon and John Gallagher, Jr. in Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Jonathan Kent. The 2015-2016 Roundabout Underground production is Ugly Lies the Bone, a new play by Lindsey Ferrentino, directed by Patricia McGregor.
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