How you do leave me to mine own protection.



I am Nerissa and I work for Portia as her maid. We are close friends and she talks to me about her personal problems. When she married Bassanio, I married his friend Gratiano at the same time. When Bassanio’s friend Antonio needed help, Portia and I disguised ourselves as men and pretended to be lawyers to help save him. While we were still disguised we tricked our husbands into giving us the rings we had given them as tokens of our love. We then gave them a hard time about not having the rings when they got back.


is the maid of…

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Gratiano, Portia

  1. I have a wife who I protest I love.
  2. For wooing here until I sweat again, And swearing till my very roof was dry With oaths of love, at last—if promise last— I got a promise of this fair one here To have her love
  3. By yonder moon I swear you do me wrong

Nerissa's' Images

Racheal Ofori [Nerissa] enjoying rehearsals.

Racheal [Nerissa] and Nick [Bassanio].

Racheal [Nerissa] having her photo taken for the programme and website.

Racheal [Nerissa] in rehearsals.

Racheal [Nerissa] in rehearsals.

Racheal [Nerissa] rehearsing with Catherine [Portia] and director Bill Buckhurst.

Racheal as Nerissa.

Racheal [Nerissa] rehearsing.

Racheal [Nerissa] rehearsing.

Racheal [Nerissa] © SGT/Ellie Kurttz 2014

Audio Interviews

  1. Clip 1
    Racheal Ofori discusses her character of Nerissa and rehearsals so far.

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  2. Clip 2
    Racheal talks about the audiences reactions and scenes that are challenging.

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Also Called

  • Gratiano: ‘the maid’ (3.2.198)
  • Gratiano: ‘this fair one’ (3.2.206)
  • Portia: ‘my maid’ (3.2.308)


  • Congratulations and good joy, my lord and lady! #Love
  • So many fancy men are trying to win my boss by choosing a box that contains her picture #Love
  • I have my disguise and am ready to run #Disguise #Love
  • Cant believe my own flesh and blood turned against me! #Love
  • Jessica has run away. #Disguise
  • My daughter wants to marry. Not without my permission #Love
  • Short term loans... the price is always higher than you would expect #Money
  • I will take the pound of flesh and use it for fish bait. #Court
  • I will take Antonio’s heart if he can’t pay. I loan the money so I make the rules #Money
  • If you prick us with a pin, don’t we bleed? And if you treat us badly, won’t we try to get revenge? #Court
  • People are often tricked by false appearances. I wasn’t with the chest but was by my wife lol #Disguise
  • Cant believe I didn’t recognise my own wife #Disguise
  • Really short of cash. Might need a short term loan. #Money
  • A lead chest, a Silver chest and a gold chest...hmm which one should I choose? #Love
  • Have been asked to give away the ring Portia gave me. Hard, but worth it. Hope she isn’t too angry #Court
  • Bassanio wants to borrow money from me in order to try and marry Portia #Love #Money
  • My ships are missing. I think they are sunk ....and so am I #Money
  • Am waiting to go in to court. Why did I make such a stupid agreement?! #Court
  • I hope Bassanio takes the hint and picks the right chest. #Love
  • Men all the same. They are drawn to these boxes as moths to a flame. And I bet I know why! #Money
  • Cant believe that no one has spotted me yet. Even Bassanio! #Disguise #Court

Relationship Status

Loves Gratiano


Portia, Giving advice, Gratiano

Dear Agony Aunt

My friend Portia and I disguised ourselves as lawyers to save Antonio, my lover insisted that we accept expensive rings as a thank you. I gave him that ring and now I see he has given it away. Should I trick him into thinking that, as he lost the rings, I will never forgive him?


  • You should forgive him because he's now your husband to love and to forgive.

    - Leona