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Shakespeare's Characters: P

Please note that uppercase type indicates the stressed syllable.

Painter - Timon of Athens

Palamon - [PAL-ah-mon] The Two Noble Kinsmen

Pandar - [PAN-der] Pericles

Pandarus - [PAN-dah-rus] Troilus and Cressida

Pandulph - [PAN-dulf] King John

Panthino - [pan-THEE-noh (TH as in thin)] Two Gentlemen of Verona

Paris - Romeo and Juliet

Paris - Troilus and Cressida

Parolles - [pa-ROHL-iz] All's Well that Ends Well

Patience - Henry VIII

Patroclus - [pah-TROH-klass] Troilus and Cressida

Paulina - The Winter's Tale

Peaseblossom - [PEEZ-blawss-um] A Midsummer Night's Dream

Pedant - Taming of the Shrew

Pedro, Don - Much Ado About Nothing

Pembroke, William - 3 Henry VI

Pembroke - King John

Penker, Friar - [PEHNG-ker] Richard III

Percy, Henry - Richard II

Percy, Henry - Richard II

Percy, Thomas - 1 Henry IV

Percy, Lady - 1/2 Henry IV

Perdita - [PER-dih-tah] The Winter's Tale

Pericles - [PEAR-ih-kleez] Pericles

Peter - 2 Henry VI

Peter - Romeo and Juliet

Peter - The Taming of the Shrew

Peter of Pomfret - King John

Peter, Friar - Measure for Measure

Peto - [PEE-toh] 1/2 Henry IV

Petruchio (Ghost) - [peh-TROOK-ee-oh] Romeo and Juliet

Petruchio - [peh-TROOK-ee-oh] The Taming of the Shrew

Phebe - [FEE-bee] As You Like It

Philario - [fih-LAH-reeoh] Cymbeline

Philemon - [fih-LEE-mawn sometimes fih-LEE-mun] Pericles

Philip - The Taming of the Shrew

Philip Augustus - King John

Philip the Bastard - King John

Philo - [FIGH-loh] Antony and Cleopatra

Philostrate - [FILL-ah-strayt] A Midsummer Night's Dream

Philotus - [FIGH-loh-tus] Timon of Athens

Phrynia - [FRIN-nee-ah] Timon of Athens

Pilch - [pilsh] Pericles

Pinch, Dr. - The Comedy of Errors

Pindarus - [PIN-dar-us] Julius Caesar

Pirates - Pericles

Pirithous - [pigh-RITH-oh-us] The Two Noble Kinsmen

Pisanio - [pee-ZAH-nee-oh] Cymbeline

Pistol - 2 Henry IV/Henry V/Merry Wives of Windsor

Plantagenet, Richard - [plan-TAJ-ah-net] 1 Henry VI

Plantagenet, Richard - King John

Player King - Murder of Gonzago (in Hamlet)

Player Queen - Murder of Gonzago (Hamlet)

Players - The Taming of the Shrew

Players - Hamlet

Plebeians - [plih-BEE-anz] Julius Caesar

Plebeians - Coriolanus

Poet - Julius Caesar

Poet - Timon of Athens

Poins, Ned - [poinz] 1/2 Henry IV

Polixenes - [poh-LICKS-ah-neez] The Winter's Tale

Polonius - [poh-LOHN-ee-us sometimes poh-LOHN-yus] Hamlet

Pompey, Bum - Measure for Measure

Pompey - Antony and Cleopatra

Popilius Lena - [poh-PIL-ee-us LEE-nah sometimes poh-PIL-yus] Julius Caesar

Porter - 1 Henry VI

Porter - 2 Henry VI

Porter - Macbeth

Porter - Henry VIII

Portia - [POR-shah] Julius Caesar

Portia - [POR-shah] The Merchant of Venice

Post - 2 henry VI

Post - 3 Henry VI

Posthumus - [PAWSS-tyoo-mus] Cymbeline

Potpan - Romeo and Juliet

Prentice - 2 Henry VI

Priam - Troilus and Cressida

Priest - Richard III

Priest - Twelfth Night

Priest - Hamlet

Prince Escalus - Romeo and Juliet

Prince Hal - 1/2 Henry IV

Prince Henry - King John

Prince of Wales - 3 Henry VI

Prince of Wales - Richard III

Prince of Wales - 1/2 Henry IV

Princess of France - Love's Labour's Lost

Princess Katharine - Henry V

Proculeius, Caius - [proh-kyoo-LEE-us] Antony and Cleopatra

Prologue - Henry V

Prologue - Troilus and Cressida

Prologue - Henry VIII

Prologue - The Two Noble Kinsmen

Prospero - The Tempest

Proteus - [PROH-tee-us] The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Provost - Measure for Measure

Publius - [PUB-lee-us] Titus Andronicus

Puck - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Pursuivant (a herald) - [PER-swih-vant] Richard III/2 Henry VI

Pyrrhus - [PIH-rus] mentioned in Hamlet and Troilus and Cressida

Shakespeare Online's spelled pronunciation guide is based primarily on How to Pronounce the Names in Shakespeare by Theodora Ursula Irvine (1919). Note that the number of syllables in a name occasionally changes depending on metre and alternate pronunciations might be used depending on location (UK, southern US, etc.) and editor preference.


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