The Merchant of Venice Cast, 2012
Nicola Alexis - Portia, Solanio, Bathazar, Gaoler, Leonardo
Since her last AFTLS show, The Taming of the Shrew, Nicola has appeared at the Wyndham Theatre West End, in the understudy role of Francine/ Lena in the 2011 Olivier Best Play, Clybourne Park. She has also made a guest appearance on the medical TV series Doctors and recently reprised her leading role as Beauty in the pantomime Beauty and the Beast. Other credits include Alan Bennett’s revival of Lady in the Van; the lead role in the Francis Matthews production Lucky You and Masha in Three Sisters at The Birmingham Rep; Clara Popkiss in Rockery Nook for Dominic Dromgoole; lead roles in original musicals GI Blues (tour) and One Love (Bristol Old Vic). Nicola has also performed in Bacchai directed by Sir Peter Hall at The Royal National Theatre; as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth for the Orange Tree; Jane Fairfax in Emma at the Tricycle Theatre; and lead understudy in Jitney (2002 Olivier Best new Play).
Screen credits include a feature role in BBC film Summerhill, guest roles in BBC dramas; Desperados, Eastenders, Absolute Power, Holby City and Dangerfield, Linda La Plant’s Commander IV: The Baddiel Syndrome (Avalon) and as a series regular in The Bill.
Nicola’s fifteen years of teaching experience includes being a counsellor and workshop leader with children’s charity “Childline”. She was also a learning mentor and Drama Specialist with TIE and teaching companies “Make Believe”, “Educational Dance Workshops”, “Artis”, “MOPA” and “SPaRC”.
Michael Palmer - Shylock, Old Gobbo, Lorenzo
Michael trained at Webber Douglas Academy, London. Recently Michael toured the US with AFTLS in Twelfth Night playing Malvolio and Sir Andrew Aguecheek. Previous play credits include a tour of Friend or Foe by Michael Murpogo, A Doll’s House, Cambridge; Taming of the Shrew, Oxford; title role in Volpone at Wilton’s Music Hall, London; The Country Wife at the Bridewell Theatre, London; Hamlet, King Lear, and The Merchant of Venice at Compass Theatre Company; Gamblers at BAC; Descent: The Diary of a Madman, a one man show for Edinburgh and King’s Head, London; The Mysteries at the Orange Tree in Richmond; Breaking the Code, As You Like It, and The Real Thing in Basingstoke. He also has recorded numerous Shakespeare plays on CD. Musicals include the recent national tours of Footloose, also The Wedding Singer, and Sing-along- a-Abba which also ran at the Whitehall Theatre, London; Company at Westcliffe, and the title role in Did You, Dr Crippen? at the Trafalgar Studios, London. On television Michael has appeared in Bear Behaving Badly; How Not to Live Your Life, Waking the Dead; Casualty, and Wish Me Luck.
Michael also teaches Drama at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, London.
Noel White - Antonio, Gratiano, Tubal, Launcelot
Noel trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Gold Medal Winner) and has worked in all fields of the industry. He has worked for theatre companies throughout the UK including English Touring Theatre, The Dukes (Lancaster), New Vic Theatre (Stoke), Theatre by the Lake (Keswick), Creation Theatre Company, Northcott Theatre (Exeter), Southwark Playhouse, and The Orange Tree Theatre.
Theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol, Merlin, Hamlet, The Gift & The Glory, Grimm Tales, Of Mice & Men, Jason & the Argonauts, Far From The Madding Crowd, Measure for Measure, As You Like It, The Ladykillers, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Bedroom Farce, To Hell With Love, Outside Edge, Harvest, The Dark Side, Romeo & Juliet, King Lear and Great Expectations.
Television work includes: Holby City and Empathy (BBC), Where The Heart Is, Crossroads, Footballer’s Wives (ITV), Second Sight II, Oscar Charlie, Other People’s Children, and A Viking In My Bed (BBC), Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (ITV), Hope & Glory, and Casualty (BBC), , The Bill, Band of Gold, and Anna Lee (ITV). Film includes The Pilgrim Factor, and The Journey. Writing includes The Smilin’ State, (Bristol Old Vic & Hackney Empire Studio Theatre)
Alinka Wright - Nerissa, Jessica, Salerio, Stephano
Alinka previously toured the United States as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was a member of Birmingham’s ‘Stage2’ Youth Theatre for eight years, before beginning her training at The Drama Centre London. During her training she appeared for three years as regular character, Rachel in the BBC Asian Network Radio Soap, Silverstreet, and played leading roles in several BBC Radio 4 plays. Since graduating, Alinka’s stage roles have included Dora in Les Justes by Albert Camus, Julia in the Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, and she has been working on new material with the Old Vic New Voices production team, after having been selected to appear in the prestigious 24 Hour Plays headed up by Kevin Spacey at The Old Vic Theatre, London. Alinka is also a writer, and she was commissioned to write The Last Southbound Train, in association with University of the Arts London. Alinka also plays the piano and dances the Jive. As a teacher, Alinka has given one to one lessons in Stanislavski and Movement Psychology to acting students preparing for auditions, and has given classes to larger groups in Spoken Word.
Henry Everett - Bassanio, Morocco, Arragon, Duke
Henry’s theatre credits include: The Nutcracker at the Theatre Royal Bath, Sold at Theatre 503, All Creatures Great and Small for Gala Theatre, Durham, The Suitcase Kid at Orange Tree Theatre, Fool for Love, and Reigen at GBS Theatre, RADA. For the Oxford Shakespeare Company: The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth; A Christmas Carol at Shaw Theatre, Private Lives, Dead of Night with Sheringham Little Theatre, Sleeping Beauty at The Roses, Tewkesbury, Lovers From Hell at Oval House Theatre, Skin Tight with Grange Court Theatre, The Merry Wives of Windsor for Changeling Theatre Company, I-Confess at Tangled Feet, The City Wives' Confederacy with Greenwich Playhouse, Rubbish - Eyebrow Productions, and Oranges on the Brighton Line at Old Vic Tunnels. TV includes: The Bill, Filth, the Mary Whitehouse Story; Switch, Routes. Film includes: WMD, Milk Man, and The Miserables. Henry runs Shakespeare and life skills workshops in secondary schools throughout the UK for his company, Infinite Jest.