Shakespeare was a master character creator, and invented hundreds of characters in his many plays. This site section is a work in progress, as we work to build out indepth character studies for all of Shakespeare’s characters. In the meantime, you can have a read of character guides for some of Shakespeare’s most researched characters, including Queen MabLaertes, Polonius, Friar Laurence, Falstaff and Fortinbras.

Want to see the characters Shakespeare created for a specific play? Click on the play below to find the full list of characters Shakespeare created and used.

Discover Shakespeare’s Characters By Play

Shakespeare’s Top Characters

Interested in a deeper look at Shakespeare’s characters? If so have a read of Shakespeare’s top villains, or Shakespeare’s most powerful women, or look at our indepth character studies below:

Fortinbras, Hamlet

Laertes, Hamlet

Queen Mab

Interested in a deeper look at Shakespeare’s characters? Have a read of Shakespeare’s top villains, or Shakespeare’s most powerful women if so.


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  1. Bethany
    Bethany says:

    Hi, I’m studying Melodrama in my Drama lesson and I would like to know, is there a Shakespeare play were ALL the actors are male?

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