Other Characters


All of Shakespeare's plays feature a number of other 'minor' characters alongside those that the play is focused on. Although they may not appear in many scenes or have a lot of lines, these characters are often essential to events within each play and help understand the more prominent characters. Even in Shakespeare's time, many actor's used to play more than one role. In The Merchant of Venice, these characters include Bassanio's servant Launcelot Gobbo, a venetian gentleman Salerio, the Duke at Antonio's trial, Shylock's friend Tubal and Launcelot's father Old Gobbo.

  1. About Salerio "my old Venetian friend"
  2. About Tubal "a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe"
  3. About Duke "“The duke cannot deny the course of law: For the commodity that strangers have With us in Venice, if it be denied, Will much impeach the justice of his state”

Other Characters's' Images

Mark Kane is playing Launcelot Gobbo & Salerio

Christopher Knott is playing the Duke, Old Gobbo & Tubal.

Christopher [Duke/Old Gobbo] in rehearsals.

Mark [Launcelot Gobbo/Salerio] (centre) and the cast in rehearsals.

Christopher [Duke/Old Gobbo]

Catherine [Portia] and Mark [Launcelot Gobbo/Salerio]

Christopher as the Duke. © SGT / Ellie Kurttz 2014

Mark [Launcelot Gobbo]. © SGT / Ellie Kurttz 2014

Christopher as Old Gobbo. © SGT / Ellie Kurttz 2014

Mark [Launcelot Gobbo]. © SGT / Ellie Kurttz 2014

Audio Interviews

  1. Clip 1
    Mark talks about what's been happening in rehearsals so far, and his characters.

    Play Interview
  2. Clip 2
    Christopher discusses his characters and impressions of the play, as well as voice and movement sessions he's been working on.

    Play Interview
  3. Clip 3
    Christopher talks about advice he was given, the audiences surprising reactions and his favourite moments.

    Play Interview

Also Called

  • Launcelot Gobbo to Old Gobbo: ‘my true-begotten father’ (2.2.33)
  • Old Gobbo to Launcelot Gobbo: 'a poor boy' (2.2.116)
  • Jessica to Launcelot Gobbo: 'good Launcelot' (2.3.15)
  • Lorenzo to Launcelot Gobbo: 'friend Launcelot' (2.4.9)
  • Shylock to Tubal: 'Good Tubal' (3.1.96)
  • Antonio to Duke: 'your Grace' (4.1.2)
  • Portia to Duke: 'my lord' (4.1.166)


  • Congratulations and good joy, my lord and lady! #Love
  • So many fancy men are trying to win my boss by choosing a box that contains her picture #Love
  • I have my disguise and am ready to run #Disguise #Love
  • Cant believe my own flesh and blood turned against me! #Love
  • Jessica has run away. #Disguise
  • My daughter wants to marry. Not without my permission #Love
  • Short term loans... the price is always higher than you would expect #Money
  • I will take the pound of flesh and use it for fish bait. #Court
  • I will take Antonio’s heart if he can’t pay. I loan the money so I make the rules #Money
  • If you prick us with a pin, don’t we bleed? And if you treat us badly, won’t we try to get revenge? #Court
  • People are often tricked by false appearances. I wasn’t with the chest but was by my wife lol #Disguise
  • Cant believe I didn’t recognise my own wife #Disguise
  • Really short of cash. Might need a short term loan. #Money
  • A lead chest, a Silver chest and a gold chest...hmm which one should I choose? #Love
  • Have been asked to give away the ring Portia gave me. Hard, but worth it. Hope she isn’t too angry #Court
  • Bassanio wants to borrow money from me in order to try and marry Portia #Love #Money
  • My ships are missing. I think they are sunk ....and so am I #Money
  • Am waiting to go in to court. Why did I make such a stupid agreement?! #Court
  • I hope Bassanio takes the hint and picks the right chest. #Love
  • Men all the same. They are drawn to these boxes as moths to a flame. And I bet I know why! #Money
  • Cant believe that no one has spotted me yet. Even Bassanio! #Disguise #Court

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