Shakespearian Characters

Thank-you to Selwyn and Phyllis for this information.

William Shakespeare was a writer and actor who lived from 1564 to 1616. Although he was successful and admired in his own time, it was not until the later part of the 18th century that he came to be thought of as a universal genius.

The Folio, which this list is based upon, was started soon after Shakespeare's death in 1616. It was concluded 7 years later in 1623 and contained what were considered Shakespeare's collected plays. Shakespeare's impressive poetry (e.g. Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece) and his sonnets were not found in the Folio.

Today we have knowledge of two lost plays (Cardenio and Love's Labour's Won) and two other plays (Pericles and The Two Noble Kinsmen) which were not included in the 1623 Folio, perhaps because they were collaborative works. Since this list is based on the Folio, the names from the other plays are not included.

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John24 characters24
Thomas17 characters17
Henry13 characters13
William10 characters10
Richard9 characters9
Caius8 characters8
Peter8 characters8
Antonio5 characters5
Anthony4 characters4
Balthasar4 characters4
Edward4 characters4
Francis4 characters4
Humphrey4 characters4
James4 characters4
Lucius4 characters4
Margaret4 characters4
Titus4 characters4
Walter4 characters4
Alexander3 characters3
Anne3 characters3
Charles3 characters3
Demetrius3 characters3
Edmund3 characters3
Emilia3 characters3
Katharine3 characters3
Marcus3 characters3
Michael3 characters3
Philip3 characters3
Publius3 characters3
Robert3 characters3
Robin3 characters3
Valentine3 characters3
Adrian2 characters2
Alice2 characters2
Angelo2 characters2
Antipholus2 characters2
Bianca2 characters2
Christopher2 characters2
Cinna2 characters2
Claudio2 characters2
Claudius2 characters2
Cornelius2 characters2
Diomedes2 characters2
Dromio2 characters2
Eleanor2 characters2
Elizabeth2 characters2
Escalus2 characters2
Ferdinand2 characters2
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Lewis2 characters2
Lucilius2 characters2
Macbeth2 characters2
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