Radiohead’s Thom Yorke contributes ‘epic, heartbreaking’ new music to upcoming Broadway play

A new production of Harold Pinter's 'Old Times' will open in New York during October

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke will compose new music for an upcoming Broadway play in New York.

Yorke, who released solo album ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ last year and is also working on a new Radiohead record, will score a new production of Harold Pinter’s Old Times.

A press release states that the play – described as an “unsettling drama of desire and blurred realities” – will star Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly and be directed by Douglas Hodge. It will run at American Airlines Theatre from October 6 through to November 29, presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company.


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

Director Hodge added: “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 theatre-goer coming to our show.”


Meanwhile, Radiohead recently became surprise favourites to perform the next James Bond theme after an anonymous £15,000 wager was placed on the Oxford band.

Betting on the identity of the artist for the upcoming Spectre film, starring Daniel Craig in his fourth outing as 007, has since been suspended.