10 Great Shakespearean Monologues for Women

10 Great Shakespearean Monologues for Women helps the actress find some of the best female Shakespeare monologues for theatre auditions.

10 Great Shakespearean Monologues for Women

1. Othello

Character: DESDEMONA

Location: Act I, sc. 3

Genre: Drama

First line: My noble father, I do perceive here a divided duty:

….more monologues from Othello

2. Antony and Cleopatra

Character: CLEOPATRA

Location: Act V, sc. 2

Genre: Drama

First line: Sir, I will eat no meat, I’ll not drink, sir;

….more monologues from Antony and Cleopatra

3. Hamlet

Character: QUEEN GERTRUDE

Location:  Act IV, sc. 7

Genre: Drama

First line: There is a willow grows aslant a brook, That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;

….more monologues from Hamlet

4. Julius Caesar

CharacterPORTIA

Location: Act II, sc. 1

Genre: Tragedy

First Line: Nor for yours neither. You’ve ungently, Brutus, Stole from my bed:

…more monologues from Julius Caesar

5. King Lear

CharacterCORDELIA

Location: Act I, sc. 1

Genre: Tragedy

First Line: Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave My heart into my mouth:

…more monologues from King Lear

6. Two Gentleman of Verona

CharacterSILVIA

Location: Act IV, sc. 3

Genre: Comedy

First Line: O Eglamour, thou art a gentleman–

…more monologues from Two Gentleman of Verona

7. All’s Well That Ends Well

CharacterHELENA

Location: Act I, sc. 1

Genre: Comedy

First Line: Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie Which we ascribe to heaven:

…more monologues from All’s Well That Ends Well

8. The Tempest

CharacterARIEL

Location: Act III, sc. 3

Genre: Comedy

First Line: You are three men of sin, whom Destiny,

…more monologues from The Tempest

9. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

CharacterTITANIA

Location: Act II, sc. 1

Genre: Comedy

First Line: Set your heart at rest: The fairy land buys not the child of me.

…more monologues from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

10. The Winter’s Tale

CharacterPERDITA

Location: Act IV, sc. 6

Genre: Comedy

First Line: You’d be so lean, that blasts of January Would blow you through and through.

…more monologues from The Winter’s Tale

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