William Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, Dramatis Personae

Updated September 23, 2019 | Infoplease Staff

Dramatis Personae

  • The Duke of Venice.

Suitors to Portia.

  • The Prince of Morocco
  • The Prince of Arragon


  • Antonio, a merchant of Venice.
  • Bassanio, his friend, suitor likewise to Portia.

Friends to Antonio and Bassanio.

  • Salanio
  • Salarino
  • Gratiano
  • Salerio


  • Lorenzo, in love with Jessica.
  • Shylock, a rich Jew.
  • Tubal, a Jew, his friend.
  • Launcelot Gobbo, the clown, servant to Shylock.
  • Old Gobbo, father to Launcelot.
  • Leonardo, servant to Bassanio.

Servants to Portia.

  • Balthasar
  • Stephano


  • Portia, a rich heiress.
  • Nerissa, her waiting-maid.
  • Jessica, daughter to Shylock.
  • Magnificoes of Venice, Officers of the Court of Justice, Gaoler, Servants to Portia, and other Attendants.


Partly at Venice, and partly at Belmont, the seat of Portia, on the Continent.

The Merchant of Venice

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