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Tread the Boards Theatre Company presents


by George Bernard Shaw


1 July to 31 July

£15 (£12 conc)

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Professor Higgins decides to take on the ill-advised bet that he can transform a 'common' flower-girl into the likes of a Duchess with training and elocution lessons.

Whether or not he can make Elizah Doolittle presentable within society or whether there is more to learn about life, love and caring than this simple experiment suggests, is beautifully explored in George Bernard Shaw's classic, comedy of manners. 

COVID19 precautions: Our seating capacity has been reduced and is unallocated for the present, in order to allow space between groups when seated. We would appreciate it if you wore a mask when moving around the building but masks are not required while seated in the theatre.


Director John-Robert Partridge

Lighting Design: Kat Murray

Sound Design: Elliott Wallis

Set Design: Lucy Callender

Producer: Catherine Prout

Costume: John Bale



Emmy Coates - Eliza Doolittle

John-Robert Partridge - Professor Higgins

Dawn Bush - Mrs Eynsford-Hill/Mrs Pearce

Lesley Wilcox - Mrs Higgins

Phil Jennings - Colonel Pickering

William Hayes - Alfred Doolittle

Cerys Evans - Clara Eynsford-Hill

Lucas Albion - Freddy Eynsford Hill


Denise & Kevin Prout, James Morrison

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John-Robert Partridge - Director/Professor Higgins

As Artistic Director of Tread the Boards John-Robert loves programming classics into the season and this wonderfully written and thought-provoking play suits the season perfectly.

Directing Credits with TTB include: 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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Emmy Coates - Eliza Doolittle

Acting Credits with TTB: Season Debut


Additional Information Emmy has just completed her training at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. During her training her roles included The Sweet Science of Bruising, The Haystack and Love for Love. She was also the voice of Lady Swinley for ITV’s coverage of Royal Ascot in 2021. She excited to be making her debut performance with Tread The Boards

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Phil Jennings - Colonel Pickering 

Acting Credits with TTB: She Stoops To Conquer, The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde, Brimstone And Treacle, Present Laughter and King Lear 


Additional CreditsHe is a regular performer with Victorian Gothic theatre company Don’t Go Into The Cellar! His other stage work includes productions with Cheltenham Everyman, Birmingham Rep, Here To There, FRED, Redhead Reach, Blue Orange Arts, Pattern 23 and Shoebox. He has appeared in Doctors (BBC1), Cold Feet (ITV), The Archers (BBC Radio 4) and The Wolf In The Water (BBC Radio 3), and since 2012 has been the voice of Professor Van Ark in Six To Start’s long-running smartphone game/audio drama/fitness app Zombies, Run!  


Dawn Bush - Mrs Pearce/Mrs Eynsford-Hill 

Acting Credits with TTB: Dawn Bush is delighted to be returning to The Attic in not one, but two of her favourite plays. She has previously appeared with Tread the Boards in Pygmalion in 2019, and also Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pride and Prejudice and Henry V.

Additional Credits: The Ladykillers and Arrivals and Departures for Here to There; Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility (both of which were her own adaptations for the stage) Robin Hood, A Woman of No Importance, The Importance of Being Earnest, all for Dot Productions. Dawn has also appeared on screen in the Martin Lewis Money Show and The One Show; Perspective Interactive for Sky Arts Educational; a couple of commercials and a few roles in short films. Her second book, A Feast of Tales, Gently Twisted, is due to be released in November.

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Lesley Wilcox  - Mrs Higgins 

Acting Credits with TTB: Miss Havisham in Great Expectations

Additional InformationLesley trained at LAMDA and has worked in the theatre both as a performer and teacher for over 20 years.
She has taught acting at many institutions, schools and universities including The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Acting and at Stratford Upon Avon College where she collaborated with the RSC to develop a course for gifted and talented 14 year olds.




Lucas Albion - Freddy Eynsford-Hill

Acting Credits with TTB: Funny French Franc in Beauty and the Beast 


Additional Information: Lucas is currently under-taking his BA in Acting at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and enjoying roles whilst training. 

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William Hayes - Alfred Doolittle

Acting Credits with TTB:  Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion, Magwitch in Great Expectations and Abanazar in Aladdin


Additional Information: William is pleased to be reprising his role as Doolittle in this production of Pygmalion. His most recent TV work has been as Davey Willows on Doctors (BBC). Also, the part of Sidney in a new series for Sky, Funny Women with Gemma Arterton airing later this year. His theatre work includes Clarence in Richard III for director Nikolai Foster at The Curve Theatre in Leicester. Previous rep. seasons have included The Theatre Royal, Northampton; The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham; Lyceum Theatre, Crewe; Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. National Tours and West End productions of A Coat of Varnish and Beethoven's Tenth. At The Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham in Entertaining Mr Sloane as Eddie and Dial M for Murder as Inspector Hubbard. Other TV highlights have included, Phil in The Firm alongside Gary Oldman. He was heard on BBC Radio in The Abridge Chronicles - an Archers Special. Married with two grown-up children, born and bread in Birmingham, he is a happier man now Aston Villa have maintained their place in football's premier league. 

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Cerys Evans - Clara Eynsford-Hill

Acting Credits with TTB: Season debut 


Additional Information: Carys is currently under-taking her BA in Acting at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and enjoying roles whilst training. 

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