Antony and Cleopatra the play by William Shakespeare
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Summary of the plot or story of Antony and Cleopatra The play tells of the scandalous affair between the Roman general Antony and the Egyptian queen Cleopatra. Their blind passion which leads to their ultimate downfall and deaths. The plot encompasses the strong themes of ambition, power, love, friendship, deception and disaster.
Information provided about the Antony and Cleopatra play William Shakespeare never published any of his plays and therefore none of the original manuscripts have survived. Eighteen unauthorised versions of his plays were, however, published during his lifetime in quarto editions by unscrupulous publishers (there were no copyright laws protecting Shakespeare and his works during the Elizabethan era). A collection of his works did not appear until 1623 ( a full seven years after Shakespeare's death on April 23, 1616) when two of his fellow actors, John Hemminges and Henry Condell, posthumously recorded his work and published 36 of Williamís plays in the First Folio. Some dates are therefore approximate other dates are substantiated by historical events, records of performances and the dates plays appeared in print.
Date Antony and Cleopatra was first performed It is believed that Antony and Cleopatra was first performed between 1606 and 1607. In the Elizabethan era there was a huge demand for new entertainment and Antony and Cleopatra would have been produced immediately following the completion of the play.
Date Antony and Cleopatra was first printed It is believed that Antony and Cleopatra was first printed in 1623 in the 'First Folio'. As William Shakespeare clearly did not want his work published details of the play would have therefore been noted, and often pirated without his consent, following a performance.
The settings for Antony and Cleopatra The settings for Antony and Cleopatra are Alexandria in Egypt and Rome & Misenum in Italy
The theme of Antony and Cleopatra The play Antony and Cleopatra is categorised as a Tragedy
Number of words in Antony and Cleopatra The number of words in Antony and Cleopatra, according to the Complete Public Domain Text is 22,960
Most important characters in Antony and Cleopatra The most important characters in Antony and Cleopatra are: Marc Antony and Cleopatra
Famous Quotes / Quotations from Antony and Cleopatra The quotes from Antony and Cleopatra are amongst Shakespeare's most famous including 'My salad days...'. Details of this famous quote follows, complete with information regarding the Act and the Scene, allowing a quick reference to the section of the play that this quotation can be found in. Please click here for the full text of the script of the play.
"My salad days, when I was green in judgment." - (Act I, Scene V).
History of Antony and Cleopatra Antony and Cleopatra was based on the real lovers of Roman History
William Shakespeare's Main Source for Antony and Cleopatra Shakespeare found inspiration in Plutarch's "Lives" the Roman Empire and the lives of the Caesars
Inspiration from Antony and Cleopatra Antony and Cleopatra has inspired other works, such as the film Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
The Cast and Characters of Antony and Cleopatra A list of all the cast with descriptions of the characters are linked below in the Play Characters. Please click here for the full text of the script of the play.