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Hamlet – Characters (speaking parts only)

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AMBASSADOR
The English Ambassador, come to tell the King in A5S2 that Rosencranz and Guildenstern have been executed.

BARNARDO
A Sentinel, and friend(?) of Hamlet

CAPTAIN
A Norwegian army captain, tells Hamlet what the army are doing in A4S4

CLOWN
The grave-digger in A5S1

FORTINBRAS
A Norwegian aristocrat with ambitions for the Danish crown

FRANCISCO
A Sentinel.

GENTLEMEN
Mourners at Ophelia’s funeral.

GHOST
The ghost of Hamlet’s father. Seen by others in A1S1 and A1S4, and therefore can be assumed to be real. Only seen by Hamlet in A3S4

GUILDENSTERN
A friend of Hamlet’s, invited to Danish Court by Claudius, who Hamlet treats as a spy.

HAMLET
The prince of Denmark, son of the recently deceased king, also called Hamlet, and the current queen, Gertrude. he is also nephew to Claudius, the new king. He is young, a university student, and not very happy.

HORATIO
A studious friend of Hamlet, fellow-student at Wittenberg

KING
Claudius, brother and murderer of the elder Hamlet, who then marries the old king’s wife.

LAERTES
Son of Polonius and brother of Ophelia. Comes back from Paris to avenge his father’s murder

LUCIANUS
A player in ‘The Mousetrap’ who murders the Player_King.

MARCELLUS
A Sentinel, and friend(?) of Hamlet.

MESSENGER
Tells Claudius that Laertes has arrived seeking vengeance.

OPHELIA
Polonius’s daughter and girlfriend of Hamlet

OSRIC
Courtier who arranges the duel between Hamlet and Laertes for Claudius

OTHER
The grave-digger’s companion (Other Clown)

PLAYER
One of the players who speaks the lines on Priam’s death. Often considered the chief player, and so also plays PLAYER_KING.

PLAYER_KING
The player_king in ‘The Murder of Gonazalo’

PLAYER_PROLOG
Speaks the prologue to ‘The Murder of Gonzalo’

PLAYER_QUEEN
The player who plays the Player_Queen in ‘The Murder of Gonzalo’

POLONIUS
A (Machiavellian?) state advisor to the old Hamlet and then Claudius

PRIEST
The priest who buries Ophelia

QUEEN
Gertrude, old Hamlet’s wife, and young Hamlet’s mother. Marries Claudius

REYNALDO
“The Fox” – a servant of Polonius sent to spy on Laertes in Paris

ROSENCRANZ
A friend of Hamlet’s, invited to Danish Court by Claudius, who Hamlet treats as a spy.

SAILOR
A sailor who brings Horatio messages from Hamlet

SERVANT
Tells Horatio that sailors have come with messages for him

VOLTEMAND
An ambassador from Claudius to the Norwegian king

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