BENEDICK

 

 

A lord and a soldier, Benedick has the respect of both the Prince and young Claudio. He has a quick wit and a deep dislike for Beatrice. That IS "dislike", right?

 

BEATRICE

 

 

The niece of Leonato and the cousin of Hero, Beatrice can match anyone word for word, quip for quip, but her humourous ways hide a much deeper story of love and loss. She absolutely loathes Benedick, almost to a degree where you would think she is forcing it.

DON PEDRO

 

 

The nobel and joyfull Prince of Aragon who has cast his affection on the young Count Claudio, in a completely totally platonic way.

 

DON JOHN

 

 

The bastard brother of Don Pedro whose heart is as filled with malice as his mouth is with venomous words.

CLAUDIO

 

 

Smart. Patient. Level-headed. The young Count Claudio is none of these things. But he does have a good eye for Hero, and good friends in both Don Pedro and Benedick.

LEONATO

 

 

The governor of Messina, Leonato cares mainly about three things: his daughter Hero, his niece Beatrice and whether his guests all have enough to drink.

 

 

 

ANTONIO

 

 

The brother of Leonato, Antonio cares about three things as well: that there is wine, that his cup is full of it and that he knows where to get more when it empties.

BALTHASAR

 

 

An attendant of Don Pedro and a very VERY talented singer.

BORACHIO

 

 

One of Don John's men, Borachio is greedy and morally compromised.

 

 

CONRADE

 

 

The other of Don John's men. Unlike Borachio, Conrade is instead morally compromised and greedy.

HERO

 

 

The daughter of Leonato, Hero may look sweet as cream, but her cousin Beatrice has been somewhat of an influence on the girl, teaching her the joy of a witty retort.

 

MARGARET

 

 

The younger of Hero's two gentlewomen, Margaret has an unfortunate taste for bad boys.

URSULA

 

 

The older of Hero's two gentlewomen, Ursula lives for the gossip of the nobels around her.

DOGBERRY

 

 

The constable in charge of the Watch. Imagine a cross between Sherlock Holmes' brains and the toughness of John McClane. Now reverse that, and you have Dogberry.

VERGES

 

 

Dogberry's partner in crime. Or rather in crime-solving. No, wait, that is somehow even further from the truth.

 

 

 

FRIAR FRACIS

 

 

He is a priest in a Shakespeare-play, so obviously his go-to advice is something along the line of "Just play dead!"

THE SEXTON

 

 

The judge with the unfortunate job of having to process anyone Dogberry and Verges somehow manage to arrest.

A BOY

 

 

The servant of Benedick who tries his best to sleep all day and still get paid.

THE WATCH

 

 

They are the men who are sworn to protect the people of Messina. God help us all.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

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

 

Macbeth, Act II, Scene I