Acting Scenes | A List of Theatre Scenes for Actors
Acting Scenes

Acting Scenes

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Theatre Acting Scenes

This is a list of great acting scenes. These are all fantastic theatre scenes to work on for classes or auditions. Each category is divided into male/female; male/male or female/female acting scenes. Because of copyright reasons we can’t always put the actual text on the site, but we have a few pdf links where possible. We have listed below all the information about each scene within the table below. It’s not glamorous, but they are all great scenes.

You should be able to pick most these plays up from any good library or else try to get the play online. We talk more on the importance of working on scenes below, but for now here are our favourite theatre scenes:

Theatre Scenes for Actors

Theatre Scenes for Auditions and Acting Class

Male/Female Acting Scenes

Play Author Genre Characters Pages Country of Origin Rating
The Goat Edward Albee Drama Stevie/Martin America 2/5
When the Rain Stops Falling Andrew Bovell Drama Gabriel/Gabrielle Australia 4/5
When the Rain Stops Falling Andrew Bovell Drama Henry/Elizabeth P41 – 44 Australia 3/5
Les Liasons Dangereuses Christopher Hampton Drama Valmont/De Merteuil Scene 12 England 3/5
Les Liasons Dangereuses Christopher Hampton Drama Valmont/De Merteuil Scene 16 England 4/5
O Go My Man Stekka Feehly Drama Sarah/ Ian P42 – 49 England 3/5
Reasons to be Pretty Neil Labute Comedy Greg/Kent P96 – 110 America 3/5
The Crucible Arthur Miller Drama Proctor/Abigail P20 -55 America 5/5
Betrayal Harold Pinter Comedy Emma/Jerry Scene 3 England 3/5
Betrayal Harold Pinter Comedy Emma/Jerry Scene 8 England 3/5
Doubt John Patrick Shanley Drama Sister Aloysius/Father Flynn America 3/5
The Real Thing Tom Stoppard Serio-comic Annie/Henry P45 -55 England 3/5
The Real Thing Tom Stoppard Serio-comic Annie/Henry Scene 5 England 3/5
The Real Thing Tom Stoppard Serio-comic Annie/Henry P45 -55 England 3/5
4000 Miles Amy Herzog Drama Bec/Leo P34 – 41 America 4/5

Male/Male Acting Scenes

 

Play Author Genre Characters Pages Country of Origin Rating
Fat Pig Neil Labte Comedy America 4/5
Hurly Burly David Rabe Comedy Eddie/Phil Scene 1 America 3/5

Female/Female Acting Scenes

Play Author Genre Characters Pages Country of Origin Rating
Rockabye Joanna Murray Smith Comedy Sidney/Julia Scene 1 Australia 5/5
A View From the Bridge Arthur Miller Drama Beatrice/Catherine P 42 – 45 America 4/5

Great plays to find acting scenes…

Hurly Burly (David Rabe)
The Only Game in Town (Frank D. Gilroy)
Red (John Logan)
Lou Gehrig Did Not Die of Cancer (Jason Miller)
Dolores (Edward Allen Baker)
Reasons to be Pretty (Neil Labute)
Landscape of the Body (John Guare)
Boy Gets Girl (Rebecca Gilman)
Blue Room (David Hare)

More more of the best plays for scenes.

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Why working on Acting Scenes is Important

Acting is all about relationships. It’s about connecting with the other actors on stage to tell a great story. When we are starting out as actors we often get lost in the world of monologues. Though monologues are a great device for refining you actings chops, they are quite rare in plays. The majority of the time you are dealing with scenes. Interacting with other actors and working towards your objective.

If you’re not booking work as an actor make sure you are working on scenes regularly. This may be in an acting class format or just starting a private scene club. It can also be great to get together and put down scenes on camera. I recommend asking yourself where you want to head in your career and where are you weakest. If you have worked a lot in theatre and don’t audition much for film and TV, then get a camera and do some self tapes.

Actors love to feel sorry for themselves, and I am definitely victim to this. But the reality is that there is a lot you can do in between jobs. Practicing and refining  your acting when your not working means you will have a competitive edge in the audition room, and be stage fit when you do land that role. So make sure you are working on scenes whenever you can.

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StageMilk Team

is made up of young professional actors and writers from around the world. This team includes Andrew Hearle, Luke McMahon, Kyle Billings, Jim Harwood and many more. We all work together to contribute useful articles and resources for actors at all stages in their careers.

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