Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition

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The Roles in the Play

  • hamlet, Prince of Denmark

  • The ghost of Hamlet's father, formerly King (also named 'Hamlet')

  • king Claudius, Gertrud's husband, brother to the late King

  • queen Gertrud, Hamlet's mother, widow of the late King, newly married to Claudius


  • polonius, a lord

  • laertes, Polonius' son

  • ophelia, Polonius' daughter

  • reynaldo, Polonius' servant


  • horatio, Hamlet's friend and fellow student from Wittenberg

  • rosencrantz

    former fellow students with Hamlet


  • bernardo


  • voltemand

    ambassadors from Denmark to Norway

  • A young courtier called Ostrick

  • gentlemen courtiers


  • players visiting Elsinor, who play the roles of Prologue, Player King, Player Queen, and Lucianus


  • fortinbras, a prince of Norway

  • A captain in his army

  • ambassadors from England


  • A sailor

  • Two clowns, gravediggers

  • A doctor of divinity

  • Two messengers


  • Lords, attendants, soldiers, sailors, followers of Laertes

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