The Dark Lady of the Sonnets is a one-act play by the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw which centers around the character of the "Dark Lady" described in William Shakespeares sonnets. In the preface to the play, Shaw introduces his own audience to the different theories about the actual person to whom the sonnets were devoted, but also if Shakespeare is the actual writer of his works. Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth themselves are characters in Shaws rather witty, comic play. Generally, the Dark Lady of the Sonnets is supposed to be an unconventionally-beautiful woman with whom young Shakespeare falls madly in love. When one day he introduces the Lady to one of his favorite friends, a handsome young man of a high social rank, they both betray him by going to bed together. The feeling of being doubly betrayed has greatly affected the English playwright and marked a considerable transformation in his writing career. By and large, Bernard Shaws work, with its relatively long explanatory preface, touches the interesting mystery of Shakespeares person and plays which has been much debated by numerous critics throughout the centuries.