The Cocktail Party Characters

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Edward Chamberlayne

Edward Chamberlayne is a lawyer and the husband of Lavinia Chamberlayne. The majority of the play focuses on his relationships with his wife and with his mistress, Celia Coplestone.

Lavinia Chamberlayne

Lavinia Chamberlayne is a socialite and the wife of Edward. At the beginning of the play, she has left her husband, though she returns the next day. Later in the play, it is revealed that she has just ended an affair with Peter Quilpe.

Celia Coplestone

Celia Coplestone is a young woman, socialite, and the mistress of Edward Chamberlayne. She says she would like to be an actress, but leaves England to work as a nurse in Africa when her affair with Edward ends. In the final act, it is reported that she has been abducted and killed by the natives in Africa.

Sir Henry Harcourt-Reilly

Known also as the Unidentified Guest, Doctor, and the Stranger...

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