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Monologues for Women

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A list of great Female Monologues

This is a list of great monologues for women. It includes a range of both Dramatic and Comedic monologues. This list comprises mainly of classical texts. Classical texts are typically richer and more challenging: exactly what all actors require to improve their skills. Shakespeare monologues are also fantastic for flexing your actors muscle. Make sure you thoroughly read through the text to understand it’s meaning, looking up any unfamiliar words. A monologue will come alive if it is acutely understood. It is also a must to read the play the monologue is from. Reading the play will give you important information about the character as well as the given circumstances around the monologue: where you are, what has just happened and so on.


The Family Legend (Joanna Baillie)
The Bachelor Party (Paddy Chayefsky)
The Seagull (Anton Chekhov)
Three Sisters (Anton Chekhov)
Marriage (Nikolai Gogol)
Mirandolina (Carlo Goldoni)
Skylight (David Hare)
Tamburlaine the Great (Christopher Marlowe)
Britannicus (Jean Racine)
Antigone (Sophocles)
The Duchess of Malfi (John Webster)
The Relapse (John Vanburgh)
Volpone (Ben Jonson)
Salome (Oscar Wilde)
The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde)
The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde)

Need help working your monologue? Check out our guide on Performing a Soliloquy (Monologue).

About the Author

Samuel Campbell

is Stage Milk's core writer. He is a trained, Sydney based actor who writes the majority of our acting information.

5 Responses to “Monologues for Women”

  1. Maria Pamela says:

    Interesting and honest, great resource, thanks.

  2. Jade says:

    Great site! Fantastic resource. Thank you!

  3. Harriet Ruddick says:

    I need a female monologue that was from a play written between 1800-1980 that is 3-5 minutes. Any help?

  4. Mary says:

    I am actually trying out for booker.t and need a monologue this was very helpful!

  5. I recommend Calypso’s furious rebuke to the Olympian Gods from Book 5 of the Odyssey of Homer.
    The following translation is from http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Greek/Odyssey5.htm#_Toc90267459 :

    ‘You are cruel, you gods, and quickest to envy, since you are jealous if any goddess openly mates with a man, taking a mortal to her bed. Jealous, you gods, who live untroubled, of rosy-fingered Dawn and her [lover] Orion, till virgin Artemis, of the golden throne, attacked him with painless arrows in Ortygia, and slew him. Jealous, when Demeter of the lovely tresses gave way to passion and lay with Iasion in the thrice-ploughed field. Zeus soon heard of it and struck him dead with his bright bolt of lightning. And jealous now of me, you gods, because I befriend a man, one I saved as he straddled the keel alone, when Zeus had blasted and shattered his swift ship with a bright lightning bolt, out on the wine-dark sea. There all his noble friends were lost, but the wind and waves carried him here. I welcomed him generously and fed him, and promised to make him immortal and un-aging. But since no god can escape or deny the will of Zeus the aegis-bearer, let him go — if Zeus so orders and commands it, let him sail the restless sea. But I will not convey him, having no oared ship, and no crew, to send him off over the wide sea’s back. Yet I’ll cheerfully advise him, and openly, so he may get back safe to his native land.’

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