The Dark Lady of the Sonnets (Shaw)

by  Bernard Shaw

Short Play  /  2m, 2f

This is Shaw's contribution to his country's national theatre, an imaginary adventure between William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. Will goes to the palace to meet the Dark Lady to whom he addressed his sonnets of love, only to find instead the Queen herself taking a walk before retiring. He is s…

Read more +

The Dark Lady of the Sonnets (Shaw)

by  Bernard Shaw

License Estimator

Use this tool for cost estimates based on your specific needs.

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material

Additional Info

This is Shaw's contribution to his country's national theatre, an imaginary adventure between William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. Will goes to the palace to meet the Dark Lady to whom he addressed his sonnets of love, only to find instead the Queen herself taking a walk before retiring. He is so fascinated by her - keeps writing down her bon mots - that he does not notice the approach of the Dark Lady, who is furiously jealous and gives them both a drubbing in the dark. Both poet and prince meet in agreement that man does not live by bread alone.

Available in Selected Short Plays – Shaw
Read more +

Considerations

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Casting

2m, 2f
See all +

More

Authors

Bernard Shaw

Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was born in Dublin, the son of a civil servant. His education was irregular, due to his dislike of any organized training. After working in an estate agent's office for a while he moved to London as a young man (1876), where he established himself as a leading music and theatre ...

View full profile

Now Playing

Community Experiences