The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1771 Thursday, 20 October 2005
Date: Wednesday, 19 Oct 2005 09:31:06 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Largest Number of Roles/Characters
As I am reading Bartholomew Fair and Chaste Maid in Cheapside this week,
I am wondering which Shakespeare play has the largest number of distinct
roles/characters. I suppose it may be hard to be precise with numbers
with crowd scenes, but is there a reasonable answer to this question?
Both the Jonson and the Middleton plays exceed 40 distinguishable roles.
By the way, is there any obscure play that exceeds all others prior to 1642?
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