Sir ANTHONY ABSOLUTE – a wealthy baronet who likes to get his own way
CAPTAIN JACK ABSOLUTE – his son, in pursuit of Lydia while masquerading as
FAULKLAND – Jack’s friend, in love with Julia but suspicious and lacking in
BOB ACRES – a country bumpkin, neighbour of Sir Anthony also in pursuit of Lydia.
Sir LUCIUS O’TRIGGER – an Irish gentleman of high honour but poor finance. He thinks he is in romantic correspondence with Lydia but is being deceived.
FAG – servant to Captain Absolute.
Mrs PICKLE – housekeeper to Bob Acres.
THOMAS – servant to Sir Anthony.
Mrs. MALAPROP – a widow with strong moral views and designs on Sir Lucius. Her use of language is extravagant but inaccurate.
LYDIA LANGUISH – her niece; much engaged with romantic fiction and passionate about “Beverley”.
JULIA MELVILLE – a sensible young woman and friend of Lydia. She is part of Sir Anthony’s entourage and loyal to Faulkland despite his tiresome behaviour.
LUCY – servant to Mrs Malaprop and a go-between; plays simple but isn’t!
MAID at Mrs Malaprop’s lodging
MAID at Mr Acre’s lodgings