Overview of characters

Romeo and Juliet stand divided as their families, the Friar and the Nurse look on.

As you might expect, characters in Romeo and Juliet fall into two camps - the Montagues and the Capulets. These are the two families who have been at war for many years. Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet. There are lots of characters in this play, but the main ones are:

  • Romeo
  • Juliet
  • Friar Lawrence
  • The Nurse

Other key characters include:

  • Tybalt - Juliet’s cousin
  • Mercutio - Romeo’s close friend
  • Benvolio - Romeo’s cousin
  • Capulet - Juliet’s father