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The Attic Theatre, (next to Cox's Yard)
Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YY

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Up n Under Cancelled

Posted on 26 April, 2018 at 21:10


Thank you for your interest in Tread the Boards production of ‘Up N Under’ by John Godber. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control this production has been cancelled. A member of our cast has become suddenly ill and cannot be replaced at such short notice.

Any tickets purchased will be refunded in full.

We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience this may have caused you. Whilst we try to ensure that we honour any tickets purchased for Tread the Boards, occasionally this is not possible. If you would like to transfer your purchase to any other production this year please let us know ASAP.

Again, we thank you for your support of Tread the Boards and hope that this does not dissuade you from coming to see our other productions this season.

2018 Season Released

Posted on 6 February, 2018 at 13:40

Finally, it’s here!

We are very pleased to announce the new 2018 Season at the Attic Theatre. We have a fantastic schedule of performances, both from our resident company Tread the Boards and some exciting visiting companies as well.

Here is the full list:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare

29th March – 22nd April

Love and magic in the woods of Athens. Lysander, Hermia, Helena and Demetrius all conspire to find love. While they caper around the woods, fairies are about and out to cause mischief! Tread the Boards put their own spin on 'The Dream', one of Shakespeare's most loved and well known stories. Tickets available now here.


Richard III – William Shakespeare

31st March – 22nd April

Richard III is a play about evil, violence and murder. It charts the rise of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, a cold-blooded and dastardly villain who slaughters his family and marries his victim's widow to become king. Tickets available now here.


Up 'N' Under – John Godber

26th April – 6th May

This story follows an inept pub Rugby League team from the Wheatsheaf Arms pub in a rugby league sevens competition in Kingston upon Hull. Ex-pro Arthur's only passions in life are his wife and rugby league. When he hears about the Cobblers Arms pub team and their corrupt manager, Arthur bets his life savings with Reg Welch that he can train any team to beat them


Movable Props – Nick Wilkes

10th - 20th May

An exciting piece of new writing from Nick Wilkes, who brought ‘To Build A Wooden O’ to the RSC Other Place in 2017. More information coming soon.


Poles Apart – John Godber

24th May – 3rd June

A funny and insightful comedy from the author of 'Teechers' and 'Bouncer'. Three workmen have set up their scaffolding on the theatre stage to do a small job repairing a leak. The Executive Director of the theatre has not been informed of their intentions (they are several weeks late). Over the course of the work the separation of these two worlds becomes increasingly obvious.


Pride and Prejudice – Adapted by John-Robert Partridge

12th June – 1st July

Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen's humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the Regency. Mr Bennet is a gentleman living in Hertfordshire with his wily and loving wife. The Bennets have five daughters; the beautiful Jane, clever Elizabeth, bookish Mary, immature Kitty and the wild Lydia; all looking for a future path to take.


The Wizard of Oz - Adapted by John-Robert Partridge

31st July – 27th August

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. But all is not what it seems in the land of Oz.


Jane Eyre - Adapted by Catherine Prout

6th - 23rd September

Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte's story of an orphaned girl who lives with her aunt and cousins, the Reeds, at Gateshead Hall. Follow Jane through the twists and turns of fate, from a tormented young girl to a love-struck but headstrong woman.


Sweeney Todd - Adapted by John-Robert Partridge and Catherine Prout

11th October – 4th November

A brand new adaptation of a Victorian melodrama, based on the original Penny Dreadful. The 'demon barber' Sweeney Todd is out for blood and Mrs Lovett is only too willing to dispose of the evidence. What will become of the citizens of Fleet Street?


Lillies on the Land - The Lions Part

6th - 11th November

The story of 4 friends who sign up to become Land Girls, dealing with the harships of farm life and the pressures and losses of war. Funny, touching and captivating, this portrait of some of WW2's unsung heros is based on letters and stories from the original Land Girls. 

The Normal Way - Nick Wilkes

15th - 25th November

Another exciting collaboration with playwright Nick Wilkes, with a new piece of writing. For more information watch this space.



13th December – 6th January

Finish of the year with this traditional panto written and created by the Tread the Boards team. Fun for all ages!


We are so excited about this new season! We hope you are too.

We also have some amazing visiting companies coming to the Attic Theatre this year. More information about these exciting additions to the line up coming soon!

Emmeline who plays Constable of France in Henry V talks to Tread the Boards

Posted on 17 April, 2017 at 13:55

Tread the Boards talks to Emmeline Braefield who plays Constable of France and the Earl of Cambrige in the award winning theatre company’s production of Henry V, showing this April at the The Attic Theatre in Stratford upon Avon.

Emmeline’s main role is The Constable of France. We asked her what she thought about playng the role of the enemy!

“The extremely interesting part of playing a role in a History Play is that you're playing a real person, so there is a host of information to draw upon. Lord Charles Delabreth (or Charles I of Albret) was in his second term of Constable of France when he was killed at the Battle of Agincourt at the age of 46.  

Playing the Constable has been additionally interesting, however, because he is the enemy in the play.  Making a character that an audience can relate to, when the play is angled to show them in a bad light can be extremely tricky. I am lucky, however, in that there is a much less likeable character in the French camp - Prince Dauphin.  He is such an arrogant fool that the audience can sympathise in my dislike of him.  

My favourite scene in the play is the 'horse scene' where, the night before the Battle of Agincourt, the French soldiers discuss the coming fight and allow a witty exchange to become a much more heated argument.  I love Shakespeare's use of language throughout this scene and how perfectly it shows the difference between the French and the English.”

The show is on until the 23rd April at The Attic Theatre in Stratford upon Avon. Recent rave reviews have been urging people to come and see this fantastic intimate portrayal of Shakespeares Henry V.

About Emmeline Braefield

Having studied French and Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London; Emmeline continued her training at Birmingham Theatre School. Emmeline is extremely happy to be returning to The Attic Theatre, but is slightly concerned to be playing another ‘not-so-nice’ character!

Tread the Boards Theatre credits: Lizzie Borden in Blood Relations; Nurse Sandwich in Elephant Man. Other Theatre credits: Macbeth (FRED Theatre), Polar Express (Warner Bros), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rain or Shine), Twelfth Night (MadCap Theatre Productions), Romeo and Juliet (MadCap Theatre Productions). Film/TV: The Travel Show (BBC), My Poor Fool (Two Hats/Shift 7 Films) and Crosswords at the Bench (Sky TV).
Twitter: @EBraefield

Henry V
By William Shakespeare, 30 March - 23 April 2017
The Attic Theatre, Cox's Yard, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YY
Tickets: £15 (£12 Concession) + booking fee
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We talk to Dawn Bush who plays Chorus in Henry V

Posted on 17 April, 2017 at 13:10

Tread the Boards talks to Dawn Bush who plays Chorus in the award winning theatre company’s production of Henry V at The Attic Theatre in Stratford upon Avon. Showing until 23rd April 2017 this rich Shakespearean war story has been collecting raving reviews from local press, tourists and Warwickshire residents.

“You know you’re accepted in a group when they give you a nickname. In rehearsals for Henry, a few of the men have nicknames. However, aren’t I the lucky one? I have two; and because it’s difficult to shorten my name (my sister managed it – she used to call me Dodo and now calls me Sis) it tends to get lengthened. One is my Twitter handle, Dawnydancer (which also gets changed to stuff like Prancydancer and Skydancer) and is a little embarrassing as I put it out there when I started learning Latin dancing, before I returned to professional acting. I am constantly afraid my amateur dance skills will be found out by industry professionals, and I’ll end up with egg on my face.

I'm much happier about my second nickname, which came about when I filled in the form requiring my costume measurements for Henry V. The list was sent out as a table; the first column on the row wanted my first name, Dawn; and the second, my character name, Chorus. I now answer to Dawn Chorus, but I can safely promise I won’t be waking you up at first light by singing my heart out. 

Happily, my character in Henry V doesn’t do any dancing, but does have a bit of prancing about the stage, pretending to be a horse. She’s in a bit of a privileged position – she was Henry’s nurse, and is totally besotted with him; and when the other characters look at her, they don’t see her poor dress, or that she shouldn’t be there amongst the Lords and Ladies– sometimes they don’t even see her at all. She hovers watchfully over Henry, looks out for his interests, and is a chameleon, taking on the colour of whatever scene is happening. She can be a bit bloodthirsty when it comes to the French, and is as proud of Henry as if he had been her own son, so her goal in life is to make others understand the wonder of his story.”

About Dawn Bush

Trained at The Drama Studio – London, Dawn has written songs, short stories, and a series of short episodic plays for children. She has been married for 29 years and has two gorgeous children. Dawn enjoys making Yorkshire pudding, re-upholstering furniture and walking the dog. Since returning to acting after a long break, she has rediscovered that touring is a great – if demanding - way to see the country. 

Theatre credits include: playing Miss Prism, Lane & Merriman in the Importance of Being Earnest and the Dame/Felix the cat in Dick Whittington. Film credits include: Family Secrets and The Seditionist. 

Henry V
By William Shakespeare, 30 March - 23 April 2017
The Attic Theatre, Cox's Yard, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YY
Tickets: £15 (£12 Concession) + booking fee
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Who is Henry V...

Posted on 9 April, 2017 at 14:05

John-Robert Partridge directs and performs as Henry himself in Tread the Boards highly rated production of Henry V.

John is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Tread the Boards Theatre Company. John graduated from Birmingham School of Acting with a first degree in Acting and winning 'The Brian Shelton Meritum'. Henry V is one of his all time favourite Kings and plays the part honourably.

***** "A magical and superb experience. We have seen Henry V many times and are regular visitors to the Globe in London and the performance in the Attic was up there with them. Bravo!" Trip advisor

***** "Yet again Tread the Boards have brought Shakespeare to life and made it comprehensible and exciting. All the actors were excellent, especially those playing more than one part. Mr Partridge created some spine tingling moments delivering the well known speeches. Think I will be going to see it again!" Tripadvisor

Henry V… what’s his story?

Henry V didn’t grow up with his father, he grew up as a hostage to King Richard II. This fateful situation occurred due to this father, Henry Bolingbroke being in open rebellion against King Richard. To ensure that Bolingbroke didn’t do anything to harm him, Richard took his young son, Henry V as hostage. Unlike today where the word hostage conjures up very unpleasant thoughts, Henry spent many years of his youth with Richard, hunting, shooting, fighting and learning court behaviours. Richard looked upon young Henry as a son, and Henry became very close with his captor.

When Henry IV claimed the throne and threw Richard in prison, the young Henry went to see Richard, not his father. As a teenager Henry displayed amazing powers of diplomacy and strong military leadership, which led him to be at the forefront of future civil wars. During which he was shot with an arrow through his face and required expert medical help to keep him alive and to heal the wound, a mark that would stay with him for the rest of his life.


When Henry V became King, he ascended to the throne with a country divided by civil war, the coffers of the monarchy were empty and the country was on its knees. Together with his advisors and the clergy they form a plan to retake France as his great grandfather had once done. Shakespeare depicts him as a low life in the history cycle having spent his time drinking and carousing with Sir John Falstaff and his entourage.


However, when ascending the throne he casts them off. In reality, Henry was always at his work, he was a diplomat, a scholar, a musician and a warrior, all of which he accomplished before he was 25. He is one off the greatest historical figures of all time and is remembered for his strength, diplomacy chivalry and guile during his campaign in France.


Henry V

By William Shakespeare, 30 March - 23 April 2017

The Attic Theatre, Cox's Yard, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YY

Tickets: £15 (£12 Concession) + booking fee

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