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James Atherton


James Atherton

Composer and Musical Director

For the New Vic: Astley’s Astounding Adventures, Treasure Island, Around The World In 80 Days (co-production with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, Simon Friend and Royal Exchange Theatre); Dracula, The Snow Queen, Peter Pan in Scarlet, Kiss Me Quickstep, Robin Hood & Marian, the Hoard Festival, The Borrowers, Around The World In 80 Days (2014 co-production with Royal Exchange Theatre, 2013); The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Stones in His Pockets, Around The World In 80 Days, A Christmas Carol, Phoenix From the Flames (Olympic torch relay); Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Theatre as composer/musical director credits include: When We Built a Rocket Ship (Oldham Coliseum); Hansel and Gretel (Live@thelibrary, Oldham); The Visitors Book (Hope Mill Theatre); The Giant Jam Sandwich and The Tiger’s Bones and Other Stories (New Perspectives/national tour); ‘Tis Written in the Stars (Oldham Coliseum) and Bedtime Stories (Upswing at Stratford Circus).Television as composer credits include: A History of Christianity, Tales From the National Parks, The Lives of Gandhi and Around the World in 80 Faiths
(BBC); Survivors and Kenny Everett: Licence to Laugh (ITV1); The Unseen Eric Morecambe (Channel 4); Roger to the Rescue (Cosgrove Hall); Colleen’s Secrets (Channel 5) and All in the Game, starring Ray Winstone (Film4).

James is also the artistic director of the renowned Oldham Theatre Workshop.

Have you been one of our lively (very lively!) audience members celebrating Eric's 20th Anniversary Party this week…