Nottingham Shakespeare Company are dedicated to developing original practice, contemporary, relevant Shakespeare.
We do this by working as an ensemble (currently 15 actors of all ages and backgrounds) and stripping everything back to the text, allowing character and story to grow from Shakespeare's words.
Our interpretation of original practice is of productions with minimal staging and costume that can be taken out of the traditional theatrical space; touring, flexible, interactive and tangible.
We are a brand new company, fringe at the moment until we can build to a professional footing.
Dear All! It's that time again! Our next show is going to be ... TWELFTH NIGHT!! Come along and meet the director and get to know us all on Thursday 5th September at 8pm at The King Billy, Eyre Street NG2 4RG. (Auditions 21st Sept. Perform from 14th Nov.) pic.twitter.com/cliaQoA8K8— Nottingham Shakespeare Company (@NottinghamShak1) September 3, 2019
Download the press release for our inaugural production of A Midsummer Night's Dream
Listen to an interview about the production with the BBC's Alan Clifford (from 2:09) with Lottie Martin (Helena) and James Wright (historical consultant)
Read Kev Castle's review of one of our performances
Listen to an interview with Kev Castle and Cat Prescott (Puck/Philostrate)
Read Nottinghamshire Live's announcement of the production
See Visit Nottinghamshire's What's On listing
Michelle-Louise Wright is the Artistic Director of Nottingham Shakespeare Company. She says, "I am thrilled to be working with such a great company bringing Shakespeare, in its purest and most visceral form right into the heart of Nottingham!"
Michelle-Louise trained as an actress through LAMDA and most recently acted as Bolla in Jez Butterworth's Night Heron for London's Tower Theatre. She has also appeared for KDC in The Arsonists and Tiger at the Gates. Other recent performances have been Fluellen in Henry V and Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing.
Michelle-Louise also works as a teacher of English and Drama, shamelessly indoctrinating her students into a love of Shakespeare!
A “drama queen” from a young age, with a flair for musical theatre, Cat attended Italia Conti Chislehurst Associates for nearly a decade, gaining her Grade 8 Solo Acting LAMDA award before leaving school with an A in A-level Drama. She has a BA in English and Classical Civilisation, with her dissertation on characterisation of Shakespeare’s Juliet, a role she understudied as a teen.
Past credits include Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Trixie Martin in Daisy Pulls It Off and Assistant Director of Wilde's Salomé. After recently working in interactive theatre, she is keen to return to the Shakespearean stage, and says the Bard has been her favourite since playing Titania in a primary school production – a role she hopes to reprise when she grows up.
Tom is an actor, an occasional Shakespearean dramaturge, and the NSC's resident tech-type person. (He did the website you're reading right now.) He is also foreign, having moved to the UK from the US almost twelve years ago to study for a master's degree and never having actually left.
He has a BA in theatre, an MFA in Shakespearean staging and performance, and an MPhil in literary and linguistic computing that involved using computational stylistic techniques to determine authorship of sections of collaboratively-written Elizabethan plays.
Past roles have included Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Nils Krogstad in A Doll's House, Reverend Hale in The Crucible, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, and the Fool in King Lear. He one day hopes to try his hand at Falstaff.
Richard Young is member of two local amateur theatre groups. A member of West Bridgford Dramatic Society for over 10 years, his performances include 'Solness' in 'The Master Builder', 'Renee' in 'Allo, Allo' and 'Scrooge' in 'A Christmas Carol'. Richard debuted at the Lace Market in 'Other Engaged' and has also appeared as 'Watson' in 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'.
In his youth, Richard attended Arrts International Drama School in Yorkshire. He worked for 'Word and Action Theatre' group for 5 years, touring schools across Western Europe, doing a unique style of participatory theatre called 'Instant Theatre'.
Jeremy first fell under the spell of Shakespeare when a touring company brought A Midsummer Night’s Dream to his school. Since then he has watched, acted, and written about the playwright. A writer and performer as a student, his real background is as a musician. Jeremy has performed as a tenor soloist and member of vocal ensembles around the UK and internationally.
Composing for several choirs, his works have been performed live and recorded. He has worked at various times as a researcher, lawyer, civil servant, writer and historian. Recently he has moved into mental health support. Returning to acting, he has been involved in film and voiceover work, but is excited by the magic of live performance.
Verity Danbold has performed internationally for stage, circus and film, appearing at Cannes Film Festival, Melbourne Fringe, the Ha Noi opera house, and London Sadler’s Wells Theatre. As director, writer and actor of Speak, Leda, she represented the UK in the Kolkata International Theatre festival.
She has recently returned from touring Bangladesh as a theatre for development practitioner and has previously created theatre and dance works for the UN and NGOs, including Kolkata Sanved and Phare Ponlou Selpak. Verity continues to perform internationally, devising innovative productions focusing on feminism and consent.
Lottie Martin is young performer and singer/songwriter from Nottinghamshire who has been performing ever since her first role at four years old as The Angel Gabriel (though she did throw a strop mid-show as she wasn’t playing Mary). After studying A-Level Dance and Performance Studies alongside doing a level 3 B-TEC in Production Arts, she is now starting to try and broaden her knowledge of theatre in hopes of attending a Conservatoire to study acting..
Previous experience includes putting on a festival of performances at the Nottingham Playhouse with the company Homegrown. In this she played the lead, Jene in There, there and there, co-wrote and played in comedy The News at 7.42 and wrote and played her own songs. She works closely with the Playhouse often and has been involved in various productions there as well as being part of another theatre company called ‘NonSuch’, taking part in their NonSuch Young Performer Training.
David Watts is a Marketing Officer at the University of Nottingham. As an actor he appeared in a community ensemble in the Nottingham Playhouse production of The Grapes of Wrath (2017), followed by several plays at the Lace Market Theatre, including Ivanov, The Bourgeois Gentleman, She Stoops To Conquer, and Dennis Potter's Blue Remembered Hills.
David has also worked as a supporting artist in the film industry, which encouraged his interest in acting. He has appeared as an extra in various TV and film productions, including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Game of Thrones, Britannia, and the forthcoming fantasy film Come Away.
Graham Johnson has appeared with the Nottingham Shakespeare Company as Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and at the We Are Ashfield Festival as Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night. Past roles include Tony in You Can’t Take It with You, Clifton in The 1940’s Radio Hour, and Parris in The Crucible. In his youth, he appeared in Guys and Dolls, Agatha Christie’s The Patient, Alice in Wonderland, and as John in Peter Pan. Graham has stage managed a previous production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Graham has worked as a teacher of English since 2004. In addition to his BA in English, he has postgraduate certificates in education and special educational needs co-ordination.
Having performed on the stage from an early age, Frances is a Creative Writing graduate who has represented the UK across the world, from Austria to Japan. Most of her experience has been in musicals and pantos, most recently Dick Whittington and Oliver! and this is her Shakespearean debut. A long time Shakespeare fan, she is excited to take up the role of Hermia and cannot wait to explore more roles within the company.
Dwight is a ‘young’ and aspiring intern to the NSC, opportunistic and eager, and has found themselves in the midst of some talented individuals and is taking the time to dive right in and learn all they can!
With their first performance as an aspiring stand-up comedian and some small acting roles in the past, Dwight has a diverse background in work, personal interests, and life with a selection of experience and skills to call upon, having not picked up the stage since leaving education, Dwight is hoping to make it big and will definitely achieve that alongside this diverse set of professionals. They might need to shine a little brighter!
Before moving from the USA to the UK in 2007, Katrin appeared in many school and community productions including Inherit the Wind, A Christmas Carol (twice), Pirates of Penzance, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Crucible. More recently she was part of the backing choir in Jesus Christ Superstar.
In addition to her dual role as Titania and Hippolyta, Katrin assisted with costume design and construction for NSC's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
She also sings with Vivacity Choir and plays baritone ukulele in the Sheffield Ukulele Group.
Sarah Marshall has acted in amateur productions including Much Ado about Nothing and Under Milk Wood, in which she had seven roles. She has also directed school productions of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest.
In NSC's first production, she plays Egeus as Hermia's mother and is understudying Peter Quince.
Bio coming soon!