Shakespeare Scenes
Shakespeare Scene

Shakespeare Scenes

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This is a list of the best Shakespeare scenes. This page is separated into three sections: male/female, male/male and female/female Shakespeare scenes. Click on a scene box to find out more information about that scene. Some include the full text, punctuated by Stage Milk, and others include information about the scene.

These are what we consider to be Shakespeare’s finest scenes and so they are all great. They are fantastic for performance, or simply reading. We have marked the comedy scenes, but remember Shakespeare has comedy and lightness throughout even his most dramatic scenes. Enjoy…

Click boxes for more information on scenes.

Male/Female Shakespeare Scenes

All's Well That Ends Well (Parolles/Helena), 1.1| Comedy
All's Well That Ends Well (Bertram/Diana), 4.2 | Comedy
Antony and Cleopatra (Antony/Cleopatra), 1.3
As You Like It (Rosalind/Orlando), 3.2 | Comedy
Hamlet (Hamlet/Ophelia), 3.1
Hamlet (Hamlet/Gertrude), 3.4
Julius Caesar (Brutus/Portia), 2.2
Macbeth (Macbeth/Lady Macbeth), 1.7
Macbeth (Macbeth/Lady Macbeth), 2.2
Measure for Measure (Isabella/Angelo), 2.4
Measure for Measure (Isabella/Claudio), 3.1
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon/Titania), 2.1
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena/Demetrius), 2.1 | Comedy
Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick/Beatrice), 4.1
Othello (Othello/Desdemona), 5.2
Richard III (Richard/Anne), 1.2
Richard III (Richard/Elizabeth), 4.4
Romeo and Juliet (Romeo/Juliet), 2.2
The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio/Katherina), 2.1 | Comedy

Female/Female Shakespeare Scenes

As You Like It (Celia/Rosalind), 3.2 | Comedy
Merchant of Venice (Portia/Nerissa), 1.2 | Comedy
Romeo and Juliet (Juliet/Nurse), 2.5 | Comedy
Romeo and Juliet (Juliet/Nurse), 3.2
The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Julia/Lucetta), 3.2
Twelfth Night (Olivia/Viola), 1.5

Male/Male Shakespeare Scenes

Henry IV Part 1 (Prince Hal/Falstaff), 1.2 | Comedy
Julius Caesar (Cassius/Brutus), 4.3
The Merchant of Venice (Bassanio/Antonio), 1.1

Shakespeare Scenes


Preparing you Shakespeare Scene

Spend the time making sure you truly understand the meaning behind both your words and the scene in general. Take some time going through the dictionary or even better Shakespeare’s Words a dictionary specifically for Shakespeare. What is the arc of the scene? Where does your character start and end? What is their objective. Take your time to be a detective. It will pay dividends.

If you are interested in improving your Shakespeare knowledge we discuss it further in our article on How to Act Shakespeare .


About the Author

Andrew Hearle

is Stage Milk's founder and site co-ordinator. He studied Acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), and is now based in Sydney. He vaguely calls himself an actor, and unwittingly runs one of the biggest acting websites in the world.

4 responses to “Shakespeare Scenes”

  1. Colin says:

    I thought MacBeth was pretty good. It resembles Game of Thrones quite a bit.

  2. Gary L. Blackwood says:

    Thanks for these, Samuel. We do an annual Bard by the Bay production here on the North Shore of Nova Scotia, and are always looking for likely scenes.

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