Judith Shakespeare - 19, Judith is bright, talented, impetuous and intense.
Susannah Shakespeare - 9, Susannah is precocious and affectionate (can be doubled with Dorothy).
Hamnet Shakespeare - 6, Hamnet is sweet and naïve (can be doubled with Lucy).
Augustine Phillips (‘Phil’) - mid 20s, Phil is laddish, calculating and self-interested.
Edward Alleyn (‘Ned’) - 26, Ned is a charismatic and successful actor.
William Underhill - early 40s, William is steady, successful and well off. Warwickshire burr.
John Shakespeare - 50s, John is husband to Mary and father to Judith and Will; he is a handsome, popular, confident man gone to seed.
Mary Shakespeare - 50s, Mary is wife to John and mother to Judith and Will; she is an intelligent and affectionate woman, but poverty and loss of stability have worn her down.
Richard Burbage (‘Dick’) - early 20s, Richard is talented and engaging, but with a teenage rebelliousness. Cockney accent.
Will Shakespeare - 26, Will is ambitious and brilliant, but has not yet achieved the success or recognition he dreams of.
Phillip Henslowe (‘Henslowe’) - early 40s, Henslowe is a theatre manager, brothel owner, and impresario and a prosperous and canny man. Cockney accent.
Joan Henslowe - early 20s, Joan is Henslowe’s daughter; she is reserved and sharp, but passionate and protective. Cockney accent.
Lucy Morgan - late teens, Lucy is affectionate, vain, sweet and seems very young. Cockney accent.
Dorothy Clayton - early 30s, Dorothy is a cross-dressing woman with charisma and physical power. Cockney accent.
Sergeant - A self-important petty thug (can be doubled with John). Cockney accent.
Soldier 1 - Taciturn and violent (can be doubled with Egerton). Cockney accent.
Soldier 2 - A complacent bully (can be doubled with Henslowe)
Thomas Egerton (‘Egerton’) - 40s, Chivalrous, powerful, secret, a gentleman.
Jailor - Dutiful and compassionate (can be doubled with Ned). Cockney accent.