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Two Noble Kinsmen Characters

Prologue & Epilogue

Prologue/Epilogue comes forward on behalf of the acting company to talk to the audience at the beginning and end of the play. 

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Theseus, Duke of Athens

Theseus is the Duke of Athens, a mighty warrior who has recently conquered the Amazons and is supposed to be marrying their Queen, Hippolyta.

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Artesius

Artesius [mute role] is an Athenian soldier, particularly good at getting the enemy to come to where Theseus wants them to be. 

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Valerius

Valerius is a noble Theban who comes to bring Palamon and Arcite to Creon when the latter learns of Theseus’s attack. 

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Herald

A Herald is doing his job wandering the field of battle once it is over to identify the dead when he finds the gravely-wounded Arcite and Palamon there. He informs Theseus of their identity.

Jailer

A Jailer (also called Keeper) is in charge of Theseus’s prison for high-ranking captives. 

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Wooer to the Jailer's Daughter

The Wooer is in love with the Jailer’s Daughter, and hopes to marry her. 

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Doctor

A Doctor is consulted by the Jailer and his friends in the hopes of curing the Jailer’s Daughter’s madness. 

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Bavian

Bavian is one of the morris dancers, disguised as a creature with a long tail and a long tool. 

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Gentleman

A Gentleman of Athens comes to tell Emilia that Arcite and Palamon have arrived for their duel.

Nell

Nell is a freckled country wench and one of the morris dancers. She does not think that she and her fellow wenches need Gerrold’s instructions.

Timothy the Taborer

Timothy the Taborer plays the tabor in the morris dancer, giving the beat.

Hymen

Hymen is the god of marriage, and leads Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding procession.

Emilia

Emilia is Hippolyta’s sister. Like her an Amazon, she has fought in battles with her sister. 

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Servant

A Servant attends Emilia as she sits out the tournament between Palamon and Arcite, and from time to time reports to her how the fight is going.

First Messenger

The First Messenger comes from Arcite, Palamon, and their followers to let Theseus know they have arrived. 

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Second Messenger

The Second Messenger rushes in to tell the Jailer that he is late for the battle between Palamon and Arcite.

Jailer's Daughter

The Jailer’s Daughter is 18, immature, romantic, and more than ready to lose her virginity. 

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Jailer’s First Friend

Jailer’s First Friend witnessed Theseus finding Palamon, and comes to tell the Jailer of it. He is disturbed by the Jailer’s Daughter’s madness, and pities her for it.

Jailer’s Second Friend

Jailer’s Second Friend hears Palamon clear the Jailer of any responsibility in his escape, and also how Palamon obtained a pardon for the Jailer’s Daughter along with her father. 

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Jailer’s Brother

The Jailer’s Brother sees his niece running madly towards the city and stops her. 

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Waiting-Woman to Emilia

A Waiting Woman attends on Emilia. She is a good seamstress and not shy about her skill. 

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Boy

A Boy leads the wedding procession, singing an epithalamium while strewing flowers.

First Country Folk

First Country Folk is one of the morris dancers, who seeks to reassure Gerrold that they will not fail him. 

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Second Country Folk

Second Country Folk is one of the morris dancers, who has an eye for the ladies. 

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Third Country Folk

Third Country Folk is one of the morris dancers, who convinces the others of the need for rehearsal. 

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First Knight

The First Knight Attending Palamon has a reddish face, with thick, blonde, curly hair. 

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Third Knight

The Third Knight attending Palamon seems quite unfazed at having lost the battle and having to have his head chopped off, and merely wants to know who will go first.

Friz

Friz [mute role] is one of the country wenches dancing in the morris.

Maudline

Maudline [mute role] is one of the country wenches dancing in the morris.

Luce

Luce [mute role] is one of the country wenches dancing in the morris. She is short, with noticeably white legs.

Barbary

Barbary [mute role] is a curvy country wench dancing in the morris.

Executioner

An Executioner [mute role] brings Palamon and his three companions to the block, and is about to chop off their heads when they are reprived.

First Knight Attending Arcite

First Knight Attending Arcite [mute role] is a dark-skinned man with long black hair and broad shoulders, armed with a sword. He attends and aids at Arcite’s prayer to Mars as well as at the battle.

Second Knight Attending Arcite

Second Knight Attending Arcite [mute role] attends and aids at Arcite’s prayer to Mars as well as at the battle.

Third Knight Attending Arcite

Third Knight Attending Arcite [mute role] attends and aids at Arcite’s prayer to Mars as well as at the battle.

 
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