Shakespeare's Monologues
Making it easier to find monologues since 1997


About Shakespeare's Monologues
A complete database of Shakespeare's Monologues. All of them. The monologues are organized by play, then categorized by comedy, history and tragedy. You can browse and/or search. Each monologue entry includes the character's name, the first line of the speech, whether it is verse or prose, and shows the act, scene & line number. Each entry provides a link to the full text of the scene. You can download each monologue for printing, already double-spaced for scansion and transcription. These PDFs are provided courtesy The Inexplicable Dumb Show (formerly Mirror Up To Nature.)

This site was concieved, created and is maintained by Steven Shults with help over the years from Aimée Bruneau, Tee Quillin & Brandon Faloona.

The money brought in by ads and tips does not cover the cost of hosting & maintenance. This is a not-for-profit adventure.


How this site came to be
When I was in grad school from '95 to '97, I went searching for a site like this because the idea of such a site seemed more efficient to me than spending a few hours with the complete works on my lap. I found no such site, so after graduation, I built it.

During school, I found a list of monologues in the library at A.C.T. which were left on the reference shelves by a fellow Alumnus.

Then I found the Complete Works of Shakespeare Online. I typed up the list from the shelves of the A.C.T. library and converted it to html, inserting links to each particular Play/Act/Scene.

I later (much later, and with some help from Aimée Bruneau) completed the index to include every piece of text viable for audition, performance, classwork and/or workshop.

In March of 2006 I was contacted by Tee Quillin of The Inexplicable Dumb Show (formerly "Mirror Up To Nature") with an offer of partnership between our sites. Tee provided the addition of PDFs of each monologue for easy printing. The PDfs are double-spaced for scansion and transcription.

In March of 2010 my old friend Brandon Faloona offerred to greatly improve this site with his Ruby on Rails skills. This incredibly kind offer led to the great search functionality and the ability to display and hide monologues within the page. A fun bit of trivia: Brandon and I first met in 1986 while working on a college production of Hamlet. The first production of a Shakespeare play either of us ever performed in.

Feedback, suggestions, corrections and questions encouraged. Email me.


[Home] [Women's Monologues] [Men's Monologues] [Books] [Links] [Quiz] [Twitter] [FB] [G+] [FAQ] [Privacy] [Contact]

Tip Jar

Android app on Google Play Android app on Amazon App Store Available in the Chrome Web Store

The texts of Shakespeare's plays is public domain. Contact linked sites regarding intellectual property rights of those sites.
Creative Commons License
This site is licensed under
a Creative Commons License.
© 1997-2013 Steven Shults & Brandon Faloona