Nicola Cavendish

Nicola Cavendish

Pacific Opera Victoria
Princess Bozena in Countess Maritza

April, 2019

Canadian actress Nicola Cavendish makes her debut with Pacific Opera Victoria as Princess Bozena in Kélmén's Countess Maritza.

Nicola began her professional career in theatre after graduation from UBC in 1976. Her life in the theatre has taken her to Broadway, to Arena Stage in Washington DC, to Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria, and to four seasons at the Shaw Festival.

Her rich and varied life includes a performance at Matsqui Correctional Institute and three cross-Canada tours of Shirley Valentine, spanning 24 years. Nicola debuted with Vancouver Opera in The Daughter of the Regiment in 2002. She also starred as Florence Foster Jenkins in Glorious (Arts Club. She recently completed Season One of the Netflix Series Virgin River, shot in Vancouver and Squamish. Nicola is delighted to debut with Pacific Opera in the deliciously beautiful city of Victoria.

An accomplished actress and playwright, her directing credits include The Mousetrap (Arts Club Theatre) and Having Hope at Home (Chemainus Theatre). Cavendish has earned five Jessie Richardson Awards, two Doras, a Genie, a Gemini nomination, the Montreal Critics Award for Best Actress, and the UBC Alumni Association Award of Distinction.

Among her other credits are performances in the world premiere of Sharon Pollock's The Komagata Maru Incident at the Shaw Festival (also in the Festival's The Millionairess, Pygmalion, Cyrano de Bergerac, Present Laughter and Camille), on Broadway in Blithe Spirit (directed by Brian Bedford ) and in 1999, in Denise Filiatrault 's Canadian Stage production of Michel Tremblay 's Les Belles-soeurs. Cavendish also starred in the National Tour of Michel Tremblay's acclaimed For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again

Her film and television credits include Air Bud, The Grocer's Wife, The Sleep Room, Men in Trees, The L Word, Highlander: The Series, The X-Files, Street Legal, Red Serge, and The Romeo Section.


Anyone with even an inkling of Nicola Cavendish’s comic brilliance would know that a play about a woman advertised as “the worst singer in the world,” starring Cavendish, is going to be rib-fracturingly funny.
And sure enough, whenever Nicky is centre-stage as the hopelessly untalented diva, Florence Foster Jenkins ... the laughter is explosive ... revel in Nicola Cavendish’s glorious comic genius.

Jerry Wasserman, The Province, review of Glorious, Arts Club Theatre, 2008

Nicola Cavendish keeps Willy Russell's succinctly witty lines dazzling the audience with their insight and humour.... For two hours she keeps the audience aching with laughter, or momentarily sympathetic. What a tour de force!
Jane Penistan, Review Vancouver, review of Shirley Valentine, Arts Club Theatre, 2003


April 2019