King Edward IV
Older brother of Richard and Clarence; king of England at start of play; Unaware that Richard is trying to kill him, Deeply involved in the Yorkish brutal overthrow of Lancaster
Duchess of York
Widowed mother of Richard, Clarence and King Edward; Elizabeth's Mother in law; She curses Richard for his heinous actions.
Dead son of the former King Henry VI, was married to Lady Anne. Richard killed him at Tewksbury.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester
King Edward IV's brother, fourth in line for the throne. Deformed in body and twisted mind.
George, the Duke of Clarence
Richard's trusting brother. As his name is "George" he is perceived as the one to whom the "G" prophecy refers. Richard had him killed, in order to get him out of the way.
Taken hostage by Richard.
Queen Elizabeth/King Edward IV's Wife
mother of the two young princes. After Edward's death she is at Richard's mercy. She opposes to rise power. Strong and intelligent, Dorset and Gray are her sons by her first marriage. Rivers is her brother.
Anthony Woodeville, Earl Rivers
Elizabeth's brother. Allies of Elizabeth. Woodeville and Gray families. Richard executes him.
Marquis of Dorset
Elizabeth's son from her first marriage. Flees and survives Richard. Ally of Elizabeth
Elizabeth's son from first marriage. Richard executes him. Ally of Elizabeth.
Sir Thomas Vaughan
Friend of Elizabeth, Dorset, Rivers and Gray. He is executed with Rivers and Gray.
The young widow of Prince Edward. Marries Richard, and then is murdered.
William, Lord Hastings
The Lord Chamberlain who maintains his integrity. Remains loyal to family of Edward VI. Ends up dead for trusting Richard.
Lord Stanley, Earl of Derby
Father-in-law of Richmond, Secretly helps Richmond, although cannot escape Richard's watchful gaze.
Henry, Earl of Richmond
Member of Lancaster Royal Family through John of Gaunt's 3rd wife. Gathers a force to rebel Richard's throne. Represents fairness, justice and goodness. Founded Tudor dynasty. Kills Richard at Bosworth Field.
Duke of Buckingham
Richard's right hand man in his schemes to gain power. Almost as amoral and ambitious as Richard himself.
Sir Richard Ratcliffe/Sir William Catesby
Two of Richard's flunkies among the nobility
Sir James Tyrrell
A murderer whom Richard hires to kill his young cousin, the prince in the tower of London
Help kill Clarence, hired by Richard
Sir Robert Brackenbury
writes Richard's message so people think differenlty aobut Richard; Hastings traitor
A lord who maintains integrity. Loyal to family of King Edward VI. Ends up dead for making the mistake of trusting Richard
Whom does Richard blame for Clarence's murder?
Who arranges the murders of the princes on Richard's behalf
How many kings does England have during the play?
What dignitary is involved in Richard's scheme to be crowned king?
The lord mayor