Portia played by Rachel Pickup
The Merchant of Venice (2016)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Rachel trained at RADA.
Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: The Merchant of Venice, Antony & Cleopatra and Dr Faustus.
Other theatre in the US includes: The Cottage, Brilliance (New York); Private Lives (Hartford); History of Shakespeare’s Plays Uncovered (New York); King Lear (Theatre for a New Audience, New York); Act Without Words, Airswimming, Dancing at Lughnasa (Irish Rep, New York), and An Ideal Husband (Washington DC).
Other theatre in the UK includes: Bedroom Farce (West End), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Miss Julie (Rose Theatre – Critics’ Circle nomination for Best Actress); King Lear (Old Vic); The 39 Steps (The Criterion, West End); Julius Caesar, All’s Well that Ends Well, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Troilus and Cressida, Dr. Foster, Paradox (RSC); Three Sisters (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Way Upstream (Sheffield); Fortune’s Fool (Chichester), and The Sea (Chichester).
Film includes: Wonder Woman, Schadenfreude, Chronic, AKA, Basil, and ESN.
Television includes: 50 Ways to Kill Your Lover, Elementary, Small Island, Garrow’s Law, Midsomer Murders, House of Anubis, Victoria and Albert, Holby City, Doctors, and Dogtown.
"Two things which have just become clearer to me this time: she is incredibly confident. And that comes from the fact that she expects things to go her way, there is that entitlement."
With rehearsals underway, Rachel talks to Associate Director Kevin Bennett about approaching the role of Portia again, bringing the play to new places, and acting with new people.