The Prince of Morocco: One of Portia’s unsuccessful suitors
The Prince of Arragon: Another unsuccessful suitor
Antonio: A wealthy Venetian merchant, Antonio is a close friend of Bassanio.
Bassanio: Frivolous with his money and in love with Portia, Bassanio solicits a loan from his friend Antonio in order to win Portia’s hand.
Solanio: A friend of Antonio and Bassanio
Gratiano: Bassanio’s light-hearted and talkative friend who falls in love with Portia’s gentlewoman, Nerissa.
Salerio: Another friend of Antonio and Bassanio
Lorenzo: A friend of Antonio and Bassanio, Lorenzo elopes with Shylock’s daughter, Jessica.
Shylock: An intelligent but embittered Jewish moneylender, Shylock lends money to the hated Christian Antonio, with a “pound of flesh” as his bond. He is the father of Jessica.
Tubal: A friend of Shylock
Launcelot Gobbo: A “clown” and servant of Shylock who thinks Shylock is the devil, Launcelot Gobbo eventually leaves to become Bassanio’s jester.
Old Gobbo: The father of Launcelot, Old Gobbo has come to Venice to seek news of his son.
Leonardo: A servant of Bassanio
Balthazar: A servant of Portia
Stephano: A servant of Portia
Portia: Famous for her beauty and wealth, Portia will marry the man who can successfully solve the riddle her deceased father has decreed for her. She marries Bassanio and goes to court to save Antonio.
Nerissa: Portia’s merry gentlewoman who marries Gratiano
Jessica: The young daughter of Shylock, Jessica falls in love and elopes with the Christian, Lorenzo.