Who's who

  • Hamlet

    Hamlet is the son of Gertrude and Old Hamlet. His father has just died and his uncle has become king.

  • Ophelia

    Ophelia is Polonius’ daughter and Laertes’ sister. She has been in a relationship with Hamlet.

  • Claudius

    Claudius is the newly crowned King of Denmark and husband to Gertrude. He is Hamlet’s uncle.

  • Gertrude

    Gertrude is Hamlet’s mother and the queen. She married Claudius shortly after her husband died.

  • Old Hamlet

    Old Hamlet is the previous King of Denmark and Hamlet’s father. He has recently died but visits Hamlet as a ghost during the play.

  • Polonius

    Polonius is a counsellor to the new king and queen. He is Ophelia and Laertes’ father.

  • Laertes

    Laertes is the only son of Polonius and brother of Ophelia. He leaves Denmark to study in Paris.

  • Horatio

    Horatio is an old and trusted friend of Hamlet’s. They met as students in Wittenberg.

  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are childhood friends of Hamlet. Claudius employs them to spy on Hamlet.

  • Fortinbras

    Fortinbras is the Prince of Norway. He wishes to avenge his father’s death by invading Denmark.

Teacher Notes

The following activity is a great way to introduce the characters in the play for the first time.

Who is who in Hamlet? (2016)

The activity can be found on page 4 and takes approximately 20 minutes.