Othello Text and Translation - eText

William Shakespeare

Dramatis Personae

DUKE OF VENICE.

  • BRABANTIO, [A senator,] father to Desdemona
  • GRATIANO [brother to Brabantio.] Two noble Venetians
  • LODOVICO [kinsman to Brabantio.] Two noble Venetians
  • OTHELLO, the Moor [in the military service of Venice.]
  • CASSIO, an honourable lieutenant [to Othello].
  • IAGO [an ensign to Othello,] a villian.
  • RODERIGO, a Venetian gentleman.
  • MONTANO, governor of Cyprus [before Othello]
  • Clown [servant to Othello].
  • DESDEMONA, wife to Othello.
  • EMILIA, wife to Iago.
  • BIANCA, a courtezan [mistress to Cassio].
  • [Other] SENATORS, SAILORS, GENTLEMEN OF CYPRUS [OFFICERS, MESSENGERS, MUSICIANS].

[The first act takes place in Venice. The rest of the play takes place in a seaport in Cyprus.]