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Nichola McAuliffe

Nichola McAuliffe has written and is currently appearing in Maurice's Jubilee. She is the winner of the 2012 Stage Award for Best Actress for her role as Katy.

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Nichola McAuliffe

Nichola McAuliffe Overview

Nichola McAuliffe has written and is currently appearing in Maurice's Jubilee. She is the winner of the 2012 Stage Award for Best Actress for her role as Katy.

McAuliffe has most recently performed as Miss Shepherd in Alan Bennett’s The Lady In The Van for Hull Truck and in her own play A British Subject, at the Arts Theatre. Written for the Pleasance, the production transferred to New York’s Off Broadway before its acclaimed London run. She shared the role of Judith Bliss with Celia Imrie at The Rose Theatre and appeared as Katisha in The Mikado at the Gielgud Theatre with Alistair McGowan, and on tour with Sylvester McCoy.

At the Finborough Theatre she was Sybil Thorndike in theatre critic Nicholas de Jongh’s debut play Plague Over England and The Duchess of Windsor in Untitled. She appeared in Night of the Iguana with Woody Harrelson at the Lyric Theatre and as Marjorie in Home for the Peter Hall Company directed by Stephen Unwin.

Other West End appearances include Maggie, Hobson’s Choice opposite Leo McKern, Gina Ekdal, The Wild Duck, (Best Actress, Manchester Evening News Award)  director: Sir Peter Hall.  Black Comedy and Real Inspector Hound directed by Greg Doran, Dorothy Price, Noel Coward’s Semi-Monde (Director Philip Prowse.) She was Olivier Award nominated for The Baroness in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.

Arnold Wesker wrote Caritas for her, followed by Annie Wobbler a one woman play which he also directed at the Fortune Theatre. At the RSC she played Queen Victoria in Poppy (Clarence Derwent Award). Mrs. Allonby, A Woman of No Importance, director Philip Prowse. (Olivier Nominated production). Kate, in Kiss me Kate (Olivier Award, Best Actress in a Musical.) Other work includes: Arkadina in a new translation of The Seagull by Mike Poulton directed by David Hunt and Mrs Alving in Ghosts for the same team. The Kingdom of Earth, director Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Playboy of the Western World director Lindsay Anderson, Catherine Sloper in The Heiress opposite Alec McCowan and Frank Finlay,  Goliath by Bryony Lavery (TMA Award nomination), Alan Bennett’s Bed among the Lentils (Edinburgh Stage Best Actress Award)  Katherine opposite Ross Kemp in The Taming of the Shrew (Thelma Holt Productions) again Katherine and also Portia in The Merchant of Venice, West Yorkshire Playhouse, director Jude Kelly.

Television includes Sheila Sabatini in seven series of ITV’s Surgical Spirit, Anita in Coronation Street, and Vivian Rook in Dr. Who.

Film includes Madame Aldonza in Stephen Frears’ Cheri. Lady Crombie in Jake Scott’s Plunkett and MacLaine and the voices of James Bond’s Aston Martin and BMW.

Her novel The Crime Tsar, her children’s novel Attila Loolagax and the Eagle, and short her story The Nurglar are published by Bloomsbury. Her novel Fanny Full of Soap is published by Oberon. Plays: National Hero for the Pleasance starring Timothy West. My Brother’s Keeper with Bill Paterson and the Incomparable Witness for Radio 4. Maurice’s Jubilee is published by Oberon Books.

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