Frequently Asked Questions
about Shakespeare's Monologues


  1. I don't get it. How do I use this site to find monologues?

  2. Why is the text of a monologue on this site a little different from the copy I have?

  3. Why are the line numbers on this site different from the line numbers in the copy I have?

  4. Why is the search tool not finding the monologue I'm searching for?

  5. Can you suggest a monologue for me?

  6. I found an error or I have a suggestion. How can I send it in?

  7. Why are "Double Falsehood", "The Reign of Edward III" and other "lost plays" not included?

  8. I don't like ads. Why are there so many ads on this site?

  9. Do you have an Android App and/or an iOS app?

  10. Do you have a site map?

  11. My question isn't answered here. What do I do?



I don't get it. How do I use this site to find monologues?
Whether you're having trouble understanding how to use the site, or want to make sure you're getting the most out of the site, this video will walk you through it. The basics of using the site are all covered in the first 4 minutes. You'll know all about using the site after the first 7.5 minutes, and you'll find out about the site's social media presence if you watch all 13.5 minutes. Enjoy:



Why is the text of a monologue on this site a little different from the copy I have?
Different versions of Shakespeare's works have variations in the text because each publishing house hired a different group of 'editors' who, working primarily with the First Folio of 1623, set to ink their own "interpretation" and "improvements" upon the text found in the First Folio.  The folio is the oldest available full printing of the complete works, and is closer to how the plays were originally performed.* The spellings, punctuation (or lack thereof) and other conventions used in the folio contain hints for actors which are lost in the later versions through "corrections" and other edits made by the editors of more recent generations. This site uses text from The Globe editions because that is the text used by the Open Source Shakespeare to which I link for each entry.

I suggest you use the Riverside, the Arden, the Cambridge, the Penguin/Pelican or the Folger editions of the plays for your audition or classwork.

When in doubt, check The Folio.



Why are the line numbers on this site different from the line numbers in the copy I have?
The line numbers I've listed in the index of monologues may differ (by up to 10 lines or so) from the hard copy version you have in your home/school/theatre. This is common as the line numbers vary from edition to edition.


Why is the search tool not finding the monologue I'm searching for?
The search engine on the site is not as advanced as search websites (e.g. Google.) It will look for exactly what you type, including punctuation and spelling. Try removing punctuation, or browse to the page for the play the monologue is from and search there.


Can you suggest a monologue for me?
No, I cannot. Only someone who has seen you act can suggest an appropriate monologue to show off the uniqueness that is you. Ask a friend, teacher, director or someone else who has seen you act in class or in performance. Perhaps pose the question to your friends on Facebook and/or your Twitter followers.

If you're not an actor but are required to memorize a monologue for a non-acting class just pick one you've heard of or that sounds interesting to you.



I found an error or I have a suggestion. How can I send it in?
Thanks. Please click here to send me email.


Why are "Double Falsehood", "The Reign of Edward III" and other "lost plays" not included?
This site is faithful to the First Folio. I'm not interested in any aspects of the "Authorship Debate" because the question of "who really wrote the plays" is completely irrelevant to acting or directing the plays. The "lost plays" or "new plays" have become a part of that debate, so to avoid that controversy altogether I stick with the original complete works as published in the First Folio.


I don't like ads. Why are there so many ads on the site?
For the same reason you see ads in the program when you see a play. Production (of any kind) is not free, so I need to try to recover a little bit of the money I lose on this site (by running ads.)

In the interest of full transparency: Our ad revenue averages about $200 per month during the school year, and about $100 per month in the summer (the best month ever was $500, but that was back before the economy crashed in 2008.) The ad revenue almost covers the costs of creating and maintaining the site. Almost. Sometimes. Your "donations" via the Tip Jar button are much appreciated. (Since the autumn of 2008, donations have totalled less than $100. That's not per year, that's total.)

I don't like ads either. I don't mind if you use adblocking software while viewing this site. Here are links to adblocking for web browsers:


Do you have an Android App and/or an iOS app?
We did, for a few years, but it wasn't popular enough to warrant spending time and money to keep it alive, so we let it die. However, you can use the "Add to homescreen" option in Chrome on Android devices, or the "Add to Home Screen" option in Safari on an iPhone. When you tap on the icon on your desktop, it will open in a minimized version of the browser, which behaves just like our app used to.

You can find quick and easy instructions here:
How to Add Websites to the Home Screen on Any Smartphone or Tablet

Do you have a site map?
We do, but it's xml. It's really intended for machines and other website developers: sitemap.xml

My question isn't answered here. What do I do?
Please click here to send me email.

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