Actors were not given a full copy of the script!
However, for actors interested in exploring classical English plays, Shakespeare’s works are not the only options out there.
When you are going for auditions you want producers or talent scouts to be able to see you perform a piece that helps them imagine roles and characters that they could cast you in.
It’s also important to read as much as you can, and see and experience as much art as you can. Go to art galleries, and to the cinema and to the theatre.