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Characters: Shakespeare in Love


Will Shakespeare: Poet and playwright

Kit Marlowe: Will’s colleague, friend, and inspiration


The Rose Theatre

Henslowe: Owner and manager of the Rose Theatre

Fennyman: Producer

Lambert and Frees: Fennyman’s accomplices and henchmen

Ralph: An actor who plays Nurse and Petruchio

Nol: An actor who plays Benvolio and Samson

Robin: An actor who plays Lady Capulet

Adam: An actor who plays Gregory, Benvolio, and Servingman

John Webster: A street urchin who aspires to be an actor

Wabash: A stammering actor and Henslowe’s tailor


The Admiral’s Men

Ned Alleyn: The lead actor of the Admiral’s Men, plays Mercutio

Sam: An actor who plays Juliet

Peter: An actor who plays Tybalt

Other Actors


The Chamberlain’s Men

Burbage: The lead actor and owner of the Curtain Theatre

Other Actors

Dog: A trained animal that delights the Queen

Burbages Two Heavies


The Palace

Mistress Quickly: Wardrobe mistress at Whitehall Palace

Edmund Tilney: The Lord Chamberlain

Queen Elizabeth I


The De Lesseps House

Viola De Lesseps: A daughter who disguises herself as Thomas Kent to audition to be an actor

Nurse: Servant to Viola

Sir Robert De Lesseps: Viola’s father

Lord Wessex: A nobleman betrothed to Viola

Catling: A guard at De Lesseps Hall

Two Guards



The Tavern



Molly and Kate – whores at the tavern

Musicians – appear in various locales throughout

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What's On

The 39 Steps

June 22 - October 5, 2024

Randall L. Jones Theatre

The Taming of the Shrew

June 19 - September 7, 2024

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

The Winter's Tale

June 18 - September 6, 2024

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

Henry VIII

June 17 - September 5, 2024

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

The Mountaintop

July 13 - October 5, 2024

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

Silent Sky

July 12 - October 5, 2024

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

Much Ado About Nothing

June 21 - October 5, 2024

Randall L. Jones Theatre

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