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Tread the Boards Theatre Company presents


by Noel Coward


19 May - 4 June

£17.50 (£14 conc)

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'We have no reliable guartee that the afterlife will be any less exasperating than this one have we?'

Charles Condomine, a writer, seeking inspiration for his new book invites Madam Arcarti to lead a seance with his wife and friends the Bradmans but unwittingly she actually brings back from the dead Charles' first wife Elvira. This controversial apparition sets about causing all sorts of issues for Charles as Madam Arcarti becomes more eccentric, the Bradman's more bemused and Ruth more confused.


This is a chuckle and minute in true 1940's affected style and Noel Coward's unparalleled charm.


Director: Jonas Cemm

Lighting Design: Kat Murray

Sound Design: Elliott Wallis

Set Design: Adam Clarke & Sue Kent

Producer: John-Robert Partridge


John-Robert Partridge


Denise & Kevin Prout, James Morrison

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Jonas Cemm - Director

Directing Credits with TTB: Pygmalion

Additional Directing Credits: Jonas is a regular director for the Shaw Society and the director of the Welwyn Garden City pantomime

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John-Robert Partridge - Charles Condomine

Directing Credits with TTB include: Macbeth, Richard III, King Lear, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein

Acting Credits with TTB include: MacDuff in Macbeth, Richard III in Richard III, Henry V in Henry V, Branwell in Bronte, Toad in The Wind in the Willows, The Sherriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, Dame Dotty in Beauty and the Beast, 

Additional Acting Credits: Evil Queen in Snow White (Worcester Rep), Earnest in The Importance of Being Earnest (Worcester Rep), Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (Worcester Rep)  

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Robert Moore - Dr Bradman

Acting Credits with TTB:  Henry/Felix (Frankenstein), Sherlock Holmes (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in Hound of the Baskervilles), Robin Hood (Robin Hood), Ugly Sister (Cinderella), Herbert Pocket (Great Expectations), Billy Bones (Treasure Island), Poor Tom (King Lear), Don Jon (Much Ado About Nothing), Tin Man (Wizard of Oz), Mr Collins (Pride & Prejudice), King Edward (Richard III), Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Additional Acting Credits: Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Copenhagen Botanical Gardens), Mr Bingley (Pride & Quite a lot of Prejudice, Worcester Rep), Sebastian (Twelfth Night, Worcester Rep), Mr Toad (Wind in the Willows, MadCap Theatre), Orlando (As You Like It, MadCap Theatre), Dogberry (Much Ado About Nothing, MadCap Theatre), Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, MadCap Theatre), Andrew Aguecheek (Twelfth Night, MadCap Theatre), Spear Carrier (King Lear & Coriolanus, Royal Shakespeare Company)

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Matilda Bott - Mrs Bradman

Acting Credits with TTB: Justine/Agatha in ' Frnkenstein', Mrs Hudson in 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', Little John’ in Robin Hood, ‘Cinderella’ in Cinderella, ‘Pirate’ in Treasure Island, ‘Cordelia/The Fool’ in King Lear,  ‘Dogberry’ in Much Ado About Nothing, ‘Dorothy’ in Wizard of Oz, ‘Kitty Bennet/Lady Catherine De Burgh’ in Pride and Prejudice, ‘Hermia/Snout’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ‘Lady Anne’ in Richard III, ‘The Maid’ in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde


Additional Acting Credits:‘Grandma’ in Soonchild (Red Earth Theatre), ‘Lady Catherine De Burgh’ and ‘Lydia Bennet’ in Pride and (quite a lot of) Prejudice , ‘Maria’ in Twelfth Night  (Worcester Repertory Theatre), ‘Duchess’ in There Be Monsters (The Fabularium), ‘Beatrice’ in Much Ado About Nothing, ‘Hermia/Flute’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ‘Phebe’ in As You Like It, ‘Mole’ in Wind in the Willows (Madcap Theatre Company), ‘Sammi’ in Animal Lullabies (Secret City Arts), ‘Mouse’ in The Gruffallo Experience (Unit 10 Eventive), ‘Adrianna’ in The Comedy of Errors, ‘Seer’ in Jason and the Argonauts (Off The Ground Theatre), ‘Defence Lawyer’ in Courtroom, Anna/Clare’ in Perfect (Tiny Giants Productions)


Florence Sherratt - Edith

Acting Credits with TTB include: The Fairy of the Forest in Robin Hood Fairy Bowbells in Beauty and the Beast

Additional Acting Credits include: Hermia in A Midsummer Nights Dream (SE Theatre Company)


Rosie Coles - Ruth Condomine

Acting Credits with TTBDebut Season


Additional Acting Credits: Rosie graduated from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2017. 

Theatre Credits include: Jane -  The Bah Humbug Club, Lichfield Garrick, Sapphire - The billionaire Boy, West End and UK Tour, Princess Jasmine - Aladdin, Winchester Theatre Royal, Fairy Bow Bells - Dick Whittington, Buxton Opera House, Nell - Nell Gwynn, The Courtyard, Hereford, Mole - The Wind in the Willows UK Tour, Jill - Jack and the Beanstalk, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall,


Other mediums: Doctors - BBC, Alice - Alice in Wonderland, Birmingham Rep, #Strongnotskinny - Transition Theatre Company, Commercials for: Heineken, West Midlands Police, Alton Towers, Nivia and National Express

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Den Woods - Madam Arcarti

Acting Credits with TTBPygmalion


Additional Acting Credits:

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Katherine de Halpert - Elvira Condomine

Acting Credits with TTBDebut Season

Additional Acting Credits: This is Katherine's return to the stage after ten years out to have a family.

Previous theatre credits include national tours as Eliza Doolittle in Shaw's Pygmalion, Gwendolyn Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest, Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer, Vivie Warren in Mrs Warren's Profession and as Viola in Twelfth Night.

Katherine's first professional job was in fact playing Ruth in Blithe Spirit as part of the summer rep season at the Theatre Royal Margate. She is delighted to have been asking to try her hand at Elvira almost seventeen years later!

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