Below are some monologues to work on at home to prepare for your upcoming audition for our Summer Shakespeare Hamlet. Pick the monologue that most speaks to your character interests. Memorizing a monologue is always the best way to demonstrate your dedication to your craft and passion for theater but we also understand this is a stressful experience and applaud you just for showing up!
Ophelia Soliloquy (Act 3/Scene 1)
Oh, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!
The courtier’s, soldier’s, scholar’s, eye, tongue, sword;
Th’ expectancy and rose of the fair state,
The glass of fashion and the mold of form,
Th’ observed of all observers — quite, quite down!
And I — of ladies most deject and wretched
That sucked the honey of his music vows —
Now see that noble and most sovereign reason
Like sweet bells jangled out of tune and harsh,
That unmatched form and feature of blown youth
Blasted with ecstasy. Oh, woe is me
T’have seen what I have seen, see what I see!
[Exit Ophelia, Enter Claudius and Polonius.]
Claudius Monologue (Act 1/ Scene 2)
‘Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet,
To give these mourning duties to your father;
But you must know, your father lost a father;
That father lost, lost his, and now to persever
In obstinate condolement is a course
Of impious stubbornness. ‘Tis unmanly grief;
It shows a heart unfortified, a mind impatient,
An understanding simple and unschool’d;
Why should we in our peevish opposition
Take it to heart? Fie! ’tis a fault to heaven,
A fault against the dead, a fault to nature;
‘This must be so.’ We pray you, think of us
As of a father; You are the most immediate to our throne,
And with no less nobility of love
Than that which dearest father bears his son
Do I impart toward you. For your intent
In going back to school in Wittenberg,
We beseech you, bend you to remain
Here in the cheer and comfort of our eye,
Our chiefest courtier, cousin, and our son.