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Publisher's Summary

Making his way to a tryst with his "dark lady" near the royal palace the young playwright William Shakespeare encounters a mysterious woman in a cloak. Mistaking her for his lady friend, he accosts her in a familiar fashion, only to discover, to his dismay, that she is in fact the queen. He overcomes his initial discomfort, and takes advantage of the situation to make a petition for royal support to establish a national theatre.

Shaw's play had two purposes:

To deflate the reputation of Shakespeare for whom Shaw felt a lifelong rivalry

To provide support for a campaign to establish a national theatre in 1916, the tercentenary of Shakespeare's death. As with many of his plays, Shaw wrote a lengthy preface, which has been included in this recording.

Preface narrated by Noel Badrian

Cast

The Man (William Shakespeare) - Peter Tucker

The lady/Queen Elizabeth - Danielle Cohen

The Dark Lady - Erin Louttit 

The Beefeater/Warder - Denis Daly

Stage directions - Noel Badrian

Public Domain (P)2018 The Online Stage

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