HAMLET



The prince of Denmark. Hamlet is told by a ghost that King Claudius killed Hamlet's father. But can a ghost be trusted, and if so, should he kill the king?

CLAUDIUS



Hamlet's uncle and the current king of Denmark, Claudius is an ambitious and cunning man, who has little love for his nephew and stepson Hamlet.

GERTRUDE



Hamlet's mother and the wife of Claudius. Despite her choice of husband, Gertrude is a kind Queen who loves her son dearly.

POLONIUS



A lord at court, and the father of Ophelia and Leartes. Polonius sees himself as a cunning strategist, a manipulator and wise man, none of which is entirely true. 

OPHELIA



The youngest daugher of Polonius, Ophelia is being molded into a proper lady that Polonius can marry off well. Ophelia herself loves Hamlet, but because he is a prince, it is love that cannot be. 

LEARTES



The older daughter of Polonius, Leartes is much less gentle and delicate than her sister, instead prefering to ride, travel and fence.  

HORATIO



One of Hamlet's friends from school, Horatio is a young, kind, thoughtful man who tries his best to help Hamlet through these dificult times. 

VOLTIMAND


The ambassador to Norway, who brings news of Fortinbras' plans. 

ROSENCRANTZ



Hamlet's "friend" from school, who loves his job. His job being sucking up to whoever is willing to pay him. 

GUILDENSTERN



Much the same as Rosencrantz. The duo is called to Denmark by Claudius in order do figure out what is wrong with Hamlet. 

OSRIC



An older coutier, who is too oblivious to realise that they are the butt of a lot of jokes. 

MARCELLUS



The captain of the guard, who is getting too old for ghosts and murder-plots. 

BERNADO



A young guard, who does what they are told by Marcellus. 

REYNALDO



One of Polonius' servants, who provides Polonius with information about how Laertes is doing in France. 

GHOST



The ghost who tells Hamlet that his father was murdered. It is initially unclear whether or not the ghost can be trusted.  

FORTINBRAS



The young prince of Norway, who is intent on taking back the lands Norway has lost to Denmark. 

CAPTAIN



A captain in Fortinbras' army met by Hamlet his way to England.

GRAVEDIGGER



A gravedigger who has some humourous things to say about life and death.

HELPER



The gravedigger's helper, who brings and them beer and suffers their abuses. 

FIRST PLAYER



The youngest and least experienced of the acting troup. 

PLAYER KING



A more ceasoned player, who has become slightly bored with the acting life. 

PLAYER QUEEN



A young actress who think she is god's gift to the theater world.

PLAYER LUCIANUS



The only competent actor, who is constantly pained by his colleagues incompetence. 

SERVANT



Horatio's servant who brings him letters from Hamlet. 

WAINTING WOMAN



Ophelia's servant, who is pained by the fracturing of her lady's mind. 

MESSENGER



A messenger who tries not to be beaten for bringing ill news.

PRIEST



A clergyman who presides over Ophelia's funeral. 

STAGEHANDS

They are servants, cooks, waiters, and staff in Messina.

Players

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?


      Macbeth, Act II, Scene I