10 Shakespeare Monologues for Drama School Auditions

Updated: Nov 5, 2020

The Shakespeare monologues you choose for your drama school auditions are important!

They showcase your ability to handle heightened text, and you want to find pieces you resonate with and have fun with.

One thing to remember...schools today are looking for Shakespeare VERSE. They are not interested in you doing Shakespeare monologues written in prose.


Again, they want to see your ability to handle heightened text.

Prose is heightened, but not like verse.

Below is a list among many lists to help you find YOUR Shakespeare audition monologue.



BASSANIO - The Merchant of Venice – Act III, Sc 2. Oh Sweet Portia...

SEBASTIAN - Twelfth Night - Act IV, Sc 3. This is the air…

BOLINGBROKE - Richard II – Act II, Sc 3. As I was banish’d…

KING - Love’s Labour's Lost – Act 1, Sc.1. Let fame…

HAMLET – Hamlet – Act 1, Sc. 3. Think it no more...


LADY PERCY - Henry IV Part 2 – Act II, Sc 3. Oh yet, for God’s sake... (Tip - she’s being sarcastic in this speech)

HELENA - All's Well That Ends Well- Act II, Sc 3.Then I confess…

IMOGEN - Cymbeline – Act III, Sc 4.Why, I must die…

EMILIA - Othello - Act IV, Sc. 3. But I do think it is their faults...

JULIA – Two Gentlemen of Verona – Act IV, Sc. 4. How many women?...

By Anthony Wofford

Anthony is a graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division and Founder of How To Get Into Drama School. @anthonywofford

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