Characters from this famous play by William Shakespeare

Henry VIII

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Characters of Henry VIII the play by William Shakespeare

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This page contains a list of the characters in Henry VIII the play by William Shakespeare. A summary of the plot and many play details can be accessed via Henry VIII the play by William Shakespeare. The enduring works of William Shakespeare feature many famous and well loved characters. The descriptions of the characters in his plays paint clear pictures which enable the audience to fully appreciate the plots. The Characters range from comedic to tragic. Figures from history become 'alive' through the character drawings of William Shakespeare. Detailed below are the list of characters in Henry VIII .

Characters in Henry VIII

Queen Katharine
Sir Nicholas Vaux
Sir Henry Guildford
King Henry VIII of England
Sir William Sands
Cardinal Wolsey
Sir Thomas Lovell
Stephen Gardiner
Thomas Cromwell

Doctor Butts
Cardinal Campeius
Anne Boleyn
Lord Abergavenny
Sir Anthony Denny
Lord Capuchius
Marquess Dorset
Marquis Dorset
Princess Elizabeth
Lord Chancellor
Lord Chamberlain

The appeal of the people that Shakespeare created
The most famous of playwrights - the most famous of plays. The plots range from comedy to tragedy and the great male and female comic and tragic characters who bring the plots and stories to life are the wonderful people that the great Bard created. Not only do we remember the stories but we remember the people - we all have our favourites. But the plays of William Shakespeare go even further - we actually recall exactly what an individual character says! How many of us can quote from movies that we have seen? There are a few. But not many ! Compare these multi-million dollar movies to the plays of the Bard. Here are a few examples of why the works of the Bard live on for hundreds of years after they were written and why we can all relate to the picture that the character has painted and why the great, the good, the comic and the evil characters of William Shakespeare will never be forgotten:

"This above all: to thine own self be true" Hamlet quote (Act I, Sc. III)

"In my mind's eye".  Hamlet quotation  (Quote Act I, Scene II)

"Cry ' Havoc ' and let slip the dogs of war". Julius Caesar Quote (Act III, Sc. I)

" In the twinkling of an eye". The Merchant of Venice Quote   Act ii. scene. 2

"The course of true love never did run smooth". A Midsummer Night’s Dream Quote (Act I, Scene I)

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet".  Romeo and Juliet Quote (  Act II, Sc. II)

Love, hate, anger, revenge, prejudice, humour, jealousy, revenge, deceit - we can relate to all of the emotions and all of the people that the great Bard has given to us.

Characters of Henry VIII the play by William Shakespeare 


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