Character Breakouts for Shakespeare Reading Groups

Actor/Character Breakout by Scene

13 Popular Shakespeare Plays


Gather some friends to read aloud a Shakespeare play together.

We've done all the work to figure out who should read which role. Now you just need to assemble your actors!

The PDFs linked to below have tables that show the scene-by-scene breakdown of which actors should play which characters. Most actors (if they are not the leads) will play multiple characters throughout the play, just as they often do in professional theater companies. Some Shakespeare character lists can look intimidatingly long at first, but the plays are designed to let actors double up on roles.

The full text of each play is freely available on The Folger Shakespeare. Character names match what you'll find in the text itself, which may not always be exactly the same as what appears in the character lists at the beginning of the play.

Character breakouts, alphabetically arranged by play name

PDF iconA Midsummer Night's Dream

PDF iconAs You Like It

PDF iconHamlet

PDF iconHenry V

PDF iconJulius Caesar

PDF iconKing Lear

PDF iconMacbeth

PDF iconMuch Ado About Nothing

PDF iconOthello

PDF iconRichard III

PDF iconRomeo and Juliet

PDF iconThe Tempest

PDF iconTwelfth Night


Do you already have a set number of actors? Find a play to fit your group size.

7 actors
8 Actors
9 Actors
10 Actors


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