He is a small boy, one of the six tragedians, who is forced to play the feminine roles in drag and finds his cross-dressing very humiliating.
He appears in both plays at the end to announce that the orders to execute Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have been carried out.
Hamlet's uncle, he secretly murders Hamlet's father, marries Hamlet's mother, and sends for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to gather information on Hamlet.
In both Shakespeare's and Stoppard's plays, she is Hamlet's mother and the new wife of King Claudius.
The more philosophical and intellectual of the two courtiers who double as minor characters in Shakespeare's play and major characters in Stoppard's.
This hero of Shakespeare's tragedy is a relatively minor character in Stoppard's play, where he drifts in and out performing actions and speaking lines from his classic role.
He is Hamlet's best friend...
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