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Shakespeare character names that change 3 years 8 months ago #6692

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This is a list of character names that change over the course of the play.

Coriolanus:
Caius Martius/Coriolanus

Double Falsehood:
Violante/Florio

Henry 6.1:
Richard Plantagenet/Richard, Duke of York
Henry Beauford, Bishop of Winchester/Cardinal Beauford of Winchester

Henry 6.3:
Edward, Earl of March/King Edward
Richard/Duke of Gloucester
Lady Grey/Queen Elizabeth

Henry 8:
Queen Katherine/Katherine

King Richard 2:
Henry Bullingbrook/King Henry IV

Midsummer:
Quince/Prologue
Snout/Wall
Bottom/Pyramus
Flute/Thisbe
Snug/Lion
Starveling/Moonshine

Richard 3:
Richard, Duke of Gloucester/King Richard III


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Shakespeare character names that change 3 years 7 months ago #6693

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It sort of depends to what extent we pay attention to changes in title. For instance, Macbeth goes from 'Macbeth Thane of Glamis' to 'Macbeth Thane of Cawdor' to 'Macbeth King of Scotland', though on stage he's never just Thane of Cawdor, since he's named to that before we see him. Likewise, Lady Macbeth/Queen of Scotland, Prince Malcolm/King Malcolm

AYLI: Celia/Aliena, Rosalind/Ganymede

Taming of the Shrew: Lucentio/Cambio, Tranio/Lucentio, Pedant/Vincentio

Merchant: Portia/Balthasar

Merry Wives: Ford/Brooke

Twelfth Night: Viola/Cesario

All's Well: one could argue that Helena becomes Lady/Countess Rousillion

Lear: Likewise, technically Cordelia/Queen of France

Cymbeline: Belarius/Morgan, Polydore/Guiderius, Arviragus/Cadwal

2 Henry IV: Prince Hal/King Henry

LLL: Costard/Pompey, Nathaniel/Alexander, Holofernes/Judas, Moth/Hercules, Armado/Hector, Princess of France/Queen of France. There's also the scene where the ladies all pretend to be each other, but that might be pushing things a bit.
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