8m, 3f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)
Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Roles for Children
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 andWill; 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.