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Othello: Dramatis Personae

Please see Shakespeare's Characters A to Z for a complete pronunciation guide.

Othello, the Moor

Brabantio, father to Desdemona

Cassio, an honourable lieutenant

Iago, a villain, [ancient or standard-bearer, and third in command to Othello]

Roderigo, a gulled gentleman

Duke of Venice


Montano, Governor of Cyprus

Gentlemen of Cyprus

Lodovico, Gratiano, two noble Venetians, [kinsmen to Brabantio]


Clown, in Othello's retinue

Desdemona, wife to Othello

Emilia, wife to Iago

Bianca, a courtesan

Messengers, Herald, Officers, Musicians, and Attendants

Scene: Venice and Cyprus

Next: Othello, Act 1, Scene 1


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