15 Best Shakespeare Monologues for Auditions 

15 Best Shakespeare Monologues for Auditions provides artists with 15 from the Bard for your next classical monologue audition.

15 Best Shakespeare Monologues for Auditions

1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Character: PUCK

Location: Act II, sc. 1

Genre: Comedy

First line: Thou speak’st aright; I am that merry wanderer of the night.

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2. Two Gentleman of Verona

Character: JULIA

Location: Act IV, sc. 4

Genre: Comedy

First line: How many women would do such a message?

…more monologues from Two Gentleman of Verona

3. The Winter’s Tale

Character: HERMIONE

Location: Act III, sc. 2

Genre: Comedy

First Line: Sir, spare your threats: The bug which you would fright me with I seek.

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4. The Tempest

Character: ARIEL

Location: Act III, sc. 3

Genre: Comedy

First Line: You are three men of sin, whom Destiny, That hath to instrument this lower world And what is in’t, the never-surfeited sea Hath caused to belch up you;

…more monologues from The Tempest

5. Much Ado About Nothing

Character: BEATRICE

Location: Act III, sc. 1

Genre: Comedy

First Line: What fire is in mine ears? Can this be true?

…more monologues from Much Ado About Nothing

6. Romeo and Juliet

Character: JULIET

Location: Act II, sc. 2

Genre: Tragedy

First Line: O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?

…more monologues from Romeo and Juliet

7. Hamlet

Character: OPHELIA

Location: Act III, sc. 1

Genre: Tragedy

First Line: O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!

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8. King Lear

Character: EDMUND

Location: Act I, sc. 2

Genre: Tragedy

First Line: This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune,–o

…more monologues from King Lear

9. Macbeth

Character: LADY MACBETH

Location: Act I, sc. 5

Genre: Tragedy

First Line: They met me in the day of success:

…more monologues from Macbeth

10. Julius Caesar

Character: ANTONY

Location: Act II, sc. 2

Genre: Tragedy

First Line: O mighty Caesar! dost thou lie so low?

…more monologues from Julius Caesar

11. Henry V

Character: MONTJOY

Location: Act III, sc. 6

Genre: Historical

First Line: Thus says my king: Say thou to Harry of England:

…more monologues from Henry V

12. Richard II

Character: DUCHESS

Location: Act II, sc. 2

Genre: Historical

First Line: Yet one word more: grief boundeth where it falls,

…more monologues from Richard II

13. Richard III

Character: LADY ANNE

Location: Act I, sc. 2

Genre: Historical

First Line: Set down, set down your honourable load,

…more monologues from Richard III

14. King John

Character: CONSTANCE

Location: Act III, sc. 1

Genre: Historical

First Line: If thou, that bid’st me be content, wert grim,

…more monologues from King John

15. Henry IV

Character: KING HENRY

Location: Act III, sc. 2

Genre: Historical

First Line: God pardon thee! yet let me wonder, Harry,

…more monologues from Henry IV

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