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List of the Best Female Shakespeare Monologues

This is a list of the best female Shakespeare monologues. It is always a great idea to have a few Shakespeare monologues up your sleeve for auditions. When working on a Shakespeare monologue you have to be a detective, there is so much to uncover and play with, so look up unfamiliar words, read the play, and try to understand the meaning and intentions behind the speech. This list of best female Shakespeare monologues is fantastic for finding audition pieces.

When auditioning, always choose a piece you connect with and one you feel comfortable performing. Don’t be too ambitious or outlandish. Keep it simple and don’t try to show every last bit of acting ability. Simplicity and clarity are the most important aspects of performing a Shakespeare monologue. Now go ahead and enjoy our list of Shakespeare monologues for women:

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All's Well That Ends Well (Act 3 Scene 2)
Antony & Cleopatra (Act 4 Scene 15)
As You Like It (Act 3 Scene 5 )
As You Like It (Act 3 Scene 5 )
The Comedy of Errors (Act 3 Scene 2 ) - Comedy
Cymbeline (Act 3 Scene 6)
Hamlet (Act 3 Scene 1)
Henry IV, Part One (Act 2 Scene 3)
Henry IV, Part Two (Act 2 Scene 3)
Henry VI, Part One (Act 5 Scene 4)
Henry VI, Part Three (Act 1 Scene 4)
Julius Caesar (Act 2 Scene 1)
Julius Caesar (Act 2 Scene 1)
King John (Act 3 Scene 4)
Macbeth (Act 1 Scene 7)
Measure for Measure (Act 2 Scene 4)
The Merchant of Venice (Act 3 Scene 2)
The Merchant of Venice (Act 4 Scene 1)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Act 1 Scene 1)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Act 2 Scene 1)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Act 3 Scene 2)
Much Ado About Nothing (Act 3 Scene 2)
Much Ado About Nothing (Act 4 Scene 1)
Othello (Act 4 Scene 3)
Richard III (Act 1 Scene 2)
Romeo and Juliet (Act 2 Scene 2)
Romeo an Juliet (Act 3 Scene 2)
The Taming of the Shrew (Act 5 Scene 2)
Titus Andronicus (Act 2 Scene 3)
Twelfth Night (Act 2 Scene 2)
The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Act 1 Scene 2)
The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Act 4 Scene 4)
The Winter's Tale (Act 3 Scene 2)
The Winter's Tale (Act 3 Scene 2)

Female Shakespeare Monologues

Choosing the right Shakespeare monologue

This is a comprehensive list of female Shakespeare monologues, and it can be intimidating. So here are some thoughts on picking the perfect monologue.

It’s a great idea to pick a monologue that feels natural. Is the character similar in age and disposition? That doesn’t mean you can’t choose a monologue that challenges you, but ideally you want something that you feel relaxed performing. If you are rushed for time, pick a monologue from a play you are familiar with. You really need to understand the context of a monologue you’re performing, especially with a Shakespeare monologue.

Preparing a Shakespeare Monologue

  1. Read the play.
  2. Look up unfamiliar words.
  3. Understand the circumstances of the monologue. Who are you talking to? Where are you? What has just happened?
  4. If you need more help rehearsing your monologue we discuss it further in how to rehearse a monologue.

If you have any other suggestions for monologues let us know in a comment below. We want to make this the most comprehensive female monologue list possible so do get in touch. If you feel like you are struggling with your acting check out how to act. This is an in-depth page to improve your acting craft. 

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6 responses to “Female Shakespeare Monologues”

  1. Tarolyn Fulkerson says:

    Mr. Campbell,

    I wonder if you could reply to my request? I am auditioning for the Milwaukee Theater for Performing Arts, and they asked that I audition with a Shakespeare piece, one that is not overdone. A director told me that Constance from King John is a strong piece. It looks like that might be done a lot..do you have any suggestions? I can do drama or comedy and am 45 years old.

    Thank you,

    • Samuel Samuel says:

      Hey Tarolyn,

      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Do what ever you are comfortable with. If you can make a well known one fresh and original then that’s great!

  2. Janice says:

    This was so helpful with my Drama assignment! Thank you so much for the ideas, and keep up the great work.

  3. Lily says:

    I’m sixteen years old and auditioning for “Much Ado About Nothing,” and I have a chance to be cast as Hero, What monologue would you recommend to showcase my ability to play that role?

    Kind regards,

    • Andrew Hearle Andrew Hearle says:

      Hi Lily, have they asked for you to do something outside of the play? Helena is a fun monologue from the Dream.

  4. Lily says:

    We have the option of performing one from a list or selecting one independently.

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