"Speak the speech, I pray you," counseled Hamlet, "as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue." The Prince of Denmark's timeless advice can be readily applied to the contents of this volume, which features several monologues from Hamlet's own tragic drama, as well as dozens of soliloquies from Shakespeare's other immortal works. Encompassing some of the finest monologues ever uttered by actors on the stage, this book is an invaluable source of audition or recital material for acting students as well as seasoned professionals. Students of Shakespeare and English literature will also find it a wonderful companion. Ranging from the playful whimsy of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, and Much Ado About Nothing to the powerful reflections of Macbeth, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and Richard III, this superlative collection offers moving speeches for both men and women from one of the world's finest monologuists.