The Winter's Tale



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Role Summary
AntigonusAntigonus is a courtier of Leontes in The Winter's Tale, who takes the infant Perdita to Bohemia. He famously exits, pursued by a bear, which eats him.
ArchidamusArchidamus is a Bohemian lord in The Winter's Tale.
AutolycusAutolycus is a rogue, singer, and snapper up of unconsidered trifles in The Winter's Tale.
CamilloCamillo is a follower of Leontes, ordered to kill Polixines, but who instead warns Polixines of his danger and becomes his companion, in The Winter's Tale.
CleomenesCleomines is a courtier to Leontes, who, with Dion delivers the oracle from Delphos in The Winter's Tale.
Clown (5)The Clown is the good-natured son of the Old Shepherd, gulled by Autolycus, in The Winter's Tale.
DionDion is a courtier to Leontes, who, with Cleomines delivers the oracle from Delphos in The Winter's Tale.
DorcasDorcas and Mopsa are shepherdesses, usually portrayed as rather tarty, in The Winter's Tale.
Emilia (2)Emilia is a lady attending on Hermione, both at court and in prison, in The Winter's Tale.
First Gentleman (7)
First Lady (2)
First Lord (7)
First Servant (6)
FlorizelFlorizel is the son of Polixines, and therefore prince of Bohemia, in The Winter's Tale. He elopes with Perdita when his father prevents their marriage.
Gaoler (2)
Gentleman (7)
HermioneHermione is the wife of Leontes in The Winter's Tale. She suffers as a result of his mistaken belief in her infidelity. At the end of the play she appears to return from the dead, having appeared as a statue.
LeontesLeontes is the king of Sicilia in The Winter's Tale. He wrongly suspects his wife, Hermione, of infidelity.
Lord (9)
Lords (3)
MamilliusMamillius is the young son of Leontes and Hermione whose death is reported in the trial scene of The Winter's Tale.
Mariner
MopsaMopsa and Dorcas are shepherdesses, usually portrayed as rather tarty, in The Winter's Tale.
Officer (4)
Old ShepherdOld Shepherd is the kindly father of the Clown in The Winter's Tale, who adopts the abandoned Perdita as his daughter.
PaulinaPaulina, strong-willed and good-hearted, is an important foil to Leontes in The Winter's Tale. In the last act, she reveals the statue of Hermione.
PerditaPerdita is the infant daughter of Leontes, abandoned in Bohemia, in The Winter's Tale. She grows up to marry Florizel and is reconciled to her father.
PolixenesPolixines is the King of Bohemia in The Winter's Tale. Leontes wrongly believes that Polixines and Hermione are having an affair.
Second Gentleman (8)
Second Lady
Second Servant (9)
Servant (18)
Third Gentleman (3)
TimeTime, personified, acts as a chorus in The Winter's Tale, bridging the sixteen-year gap between the third and fourth acts.


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