Yes. Shakespeare. THE MAN! Anyway...
Helena-All's Well That Ends Well
This role is brilliant, it can be played way too many ways. Sweet and innocent, or scheming aristocrat: you decide. *he he* Plus she has my two favourite Shakespearean monologues: "Then, yes, I love your son," and "Oh! If that were all..."
Cleopatra-Antony and Cleopatra
It's fun, and it's tragic. You get to act like a scheming Queen--~and~ you get a death monologue. *he he* Not to mention one of the greatest scenes in Shakespeare, Antony's death... I love Cleopatra's line: "The odds is gone, and there is nothing left remarkable beneath the visiting moon!"
"Oh, what man 'ere o'erthrown!" Yes. ~THE~ women's part in a Shakespearean play, in my humble opinion. You just can't get any better than that. I could do her insanity (which isn't really insanity... but that's a whole other essay) well, darn it! "I would give you violets, but they all withered when my father died." Are you sick of me quoting yet?
You thought I'd say Lady Macbeth for Macbeth, wouldn't you? But no, I'm full of surprises! ;-) I just love Lady Macduff's single scene... "How wilt thou do for a father?" The scene is brilliant, people.
More coming soon? You can bet!
As anyone who has been to the Fantine Pages knows, this is my favourite character ever written. So it's just quite obvious I should be Jane Bodle's understudy. *he he* As much as I love the musical role, I'd even jump at the chance more to the role as written from the novel. I just LOVE Fantine's Arrest, and I have to say my version is darned good. You know, "Oh! What I do is so vile, I can not have her with me! O, my Cosette, o my sweet angel of the blessed virgin, what will she become, poor famished child!" Yeah, it's brilliant.
Proper Woman-Scarlet Pimpernel
Okay, I've never seen this, so I have no idea of the character's name. But in Vivez! their lines are: "What of propriety! There are rules we obey in society!" So, you know. THAT'S ME! *he he*