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Another Way - Julie Atherton stars

Another Way

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JULIE Atherton will head the cast in the world premiere of new musical, Another Way, which runs at the Cockpit Theatre from September 13 (previews from September 11) to October 5, 2013.

Another Way, a new musical about being on the cusp of greatness, features the songs of up-and-coming singer/songwriter Benedict, rearranged specially for the production.

Another Way is three short stories about three London-based couples – friends, family and lovers – over the course of three months. It’s about luck in its different forms, from feeling lucky to being struck by luck, by a chance meeting. It’s about hope, it’s about getting stronger, and staying up later, for the ‘dawn of our glory days’.

Julie Atherton is perhaps best known as the original West End Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q, a role she returned to from December 1, 2008 until the show closed on March 28, 2009.

However, she made her West End debut as Sophie in Mamma Mia!, before starring in Fame on tour and in the West End. Since then, she has starred in the award-winning musical Tomorrow Morning (Landor Theatre), Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios), The Last 5 Years (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Sister Act (UK tour) and Lift (Soho Theatre).

As a founder member of the Notes from New York company she has starred in shows at the Donmar Warehouse, the Arts Theatre, Trafalgar Studios and the Duchess Theatre and has headlined both instalments of Christmas in New York at the Apollo and Lyric Theatres.

Bo Boland (Spring Awakening and Spelling Bee at Broadway Catford; and Streets at The Cockpit and Hackney Empire) directs a cast that also includes Matthew Collyer, Andy Coxon, Aiden Crawford, Bart Edwards and Ria Cherrelle Horsford.

Another Way has a book by Sarah Henley and Tori Allen-Martin, who were nominated for an Off West End Award for Most Promising Playwrights for Streets.

Another Way is produced by Interval Productions, who scored a major success at The Cockpit in 2012 with the world premiere of the musical Streets, which subsequently transferred to Hackney Empire. Streets was nominated Best Musical Production in the Off West End Awards. Their production After The Turn was Broadway World-nominated in the Best Fringe or Regional Musical category.

Tickets: £15/£12.50. Previews (September 11 and 12) all seats £10. All are available from the box office on 020 7258 2925 or online at www.thecockpit.org.uk/.

Times: Wednesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Sundays at 4pm. No show Sunday, September 22.

A contemparary version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth runs at the Cockpit Theatre from October 10 to October 26, 2013.