Published on June 29th, 2014 | by Drew Boynton
Catch Arthur Darvill As The Who’s Keith Moon!
The Rory Pond-Williams actor comes from a musical family (his dad was a professional organist) and is also known to be pretty good on the guitar and keyboards. For the last year, he has also been starring the musical stage production of Once, the adaptation of the hit indie film.
Recently, BBC Radio 4 re-broadcast a 2011 audio play called Burning Both Ends, in which Darvill portrayed Keith Moon, the ill-fated drummer of The Who. Sean Pertwee (hey, that last name sounds familiar…) could be heard opposite Darvill as Oliver Reed, an actor on whom Moon apparently had quite an influence. The two had a friendship during the 1970s as The Who rose to higher and higher heights of fame. (Moon was also friendly with members of The Beatles and Led Zeppelin).
The 45-minute play surely detailed some of Moon and Reed’s debauchery, including heavy drinking, drugging, and partying. Moon almost singlehandedly coined what most modern people think of as “the rock star life”–partying every night, trashing hotel rooms, and throwing TVs through windows. In fact, the lifestyle ended his life prematurely, at the young age of 32 in 1978. Strangely enough, Arthur Darvill turned 32 himself about two weeks ago.
Burning Both Ends was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 24 June 2014, but can also be heard for the next few days on BBC iPlayer. BBC America’s Anglophenia page has a short article about the play, meanwhile.
Kasterborites, if Doctor Who were ever to do a musical episode, who should they enlist to help out? Arthur Darvill could appear as a music-possessed Rory, but could any other Who stars help out musically? Maybe Bernard Cribbins (Wilf) could come in and whistle some “Right Said Fred” (er, the song, not the band)? One-time pop band member Peter Capaldi has some musical talent, and former Tenth Doctor David Tennant (who took his stage name from The Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant) did star in Blackpool…