Thom Yorke to make Broadway debut

Thom Yorke performing at Latitude Festival
Thom Yorke performing at Latitude Festival Credit: 2015 Rex Features/RMV/REX Shutterstock

Radiohead's Thom Yorke has been working on the score for a Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's Old Times which hopes to attract a "new kind of theatregoer".

Tony Award-winning British actor Douglas Hodge will make his directorial debut with the show, and Yorke spent six months in email correspondence with him to create the intro and exit music as well as that for set transitions. 

The New York Times reports that Yorke used 1970s synthesizers to match the period setting of the play, in which a couple are visited by a former college friend of the wife's, and old memories threaten the balance between the three people.

Yorke said in a statement: "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."

In an interview with the New York Times, Hodge said Yorke would "send me an e-mail of some music he'd written, and it would be some primeval, unusual thing."

He added in a statement: "The music Thom has written for Old Times gives an immediacy and a 'now-ness' to the show,"

"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 theatregoer coming to our show."

Also making their Broadway debut with the production are British actors Clive Owen, Eve Best, known for her role in Nurse Jackie, and True Detective's Kelly Reilly Reid. 

Old Times will run from September 17 to November 29th.