Speak the Speech | Alabama Shakespeare Festival
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Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you,
trippingly on the tongue.

— Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 2

Inspired by William Shakespeare’s directive to “speak the speech” and our gorgeous garden setting, we invite you to use your voice to bring these famous speeches to life on stage! Visit our Shakespeare Garden (open seven days a week), pick a selection from one of Shakespeare’s famous plays, take the stage, and speak the speech! Each selection includes the original text, a modern translation, and a character description. Get your script in hand (on your mobile device) by clicking the button below.

Film yourself and share socially with #ASFspeaks + #SPEAKtheSPEECH.

Click the button below to browse all the monologues for the project.

Start with Brian Kurlander delivering Hamlet’s “Speak the speech” monologue (below).

If you need a little more inspiration, check out additional performances from some of your favorite actors who’ve performed on ASF’s stages: 

Anthony Michael Martinez

Romeo, Romeo & Juliet

Cassia Thompson

Juliet, Romeo & Juliet

Carrie Preston

Titania, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Louis Butelli

Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Jill Tanner

Prospero, The Tempest


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