Shakespeare for One: Men : the Complete Monologues and Audition Pieces
At some point in their careers, all actors have to face the task of working up a classical monologue&3151;preferably one that's accessible, compelling, and not done to death. This volume collects virtually all of the monologues for men from Shakespeare's 37 plays. Not only actors, but directors and teachers, too, will find this book a treasure trove of the famous soliloquies plus many unfamiliar gems.
Arranged alphabetically by play title, the monologues are presented in an actor-friendly format, beginning with a thumbnail sketch of the story's key developments and a streamlined cast of characters. Exhaustive explanatory notes offer up a wealth of helpful tips-from definitions of archaic words and expressions to comments on both setting and accompanying action. Appendixes include a list of the monologues by length and an authoritative guide to pronunciation of names and places-invaluable for experienced actors, absolutely essential for the novice.
Whether you're preparing for your first or your fiftieth audition, you won't want to go solo without Shakespeare for One.
Newell's companion volume of monologues for women, Shakespeare for One: Women, is also available.
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HENRY IV , PART 2 Once again ( see Henry IV , Part 1 ) , the specter of rebellion appears poised on England's horizon ... But such glad tidings from the battlefield prove to be of little comfort to King Henry ; shortly after England's ...
HENRY VI , PART 2 When the Duke of Gloucester dares to criticize certain provisions of England's recent treaty with France — a peace that resulted in , among other things , the marriage of Margaret to King Henry — the new ( and ...
HENRY VIII Less a cohesive story than a series of historically related episodes , Henry VIII deals with — in order of appearance — Cardinal Wolsey's successful attempt to destroy the Duke of Buckingham ; the scandal of Henry's divorce ...