• William Shakespeare was 42 when "Anthony and Cleopatra" was first performed.
• King James reigned after the death of Queen Elizabeth in 1603 therefore Shakespeare was trying to appeal more to the King
• King Lear and Macbeth were also performed for the first time that same year (1606) in front of the King.
-Shakespeare wrote during the reigns of Elizabeth I (ruled 1558-1603) and James I (ruled 1603-1625).
-Shakespeare is the author of thirty-seven plays and 154 Sonnets.
-Shakespeare wrote "Antony and Cleopatra" in 1606 and wasn't published until 1623.
-The action of "Antony and Cleopatra take place over a ten-year span.
-Most of the political battles depicted are historically accurate, as the romance of the title characters.
Shakespeare grew up in the market town or Stratford- upon- Avon
He spent his professional life in London
Was married in 1582 (18 years old) to Anne Hathaway and then came the birth of his daughters Susanna (1583) and his twins Judith and Hamnet (1585)
It is unknown how he supported himself and his family
In 1593 he became a published poet
Seven years after his death, his collected plays were published as Mr. William Shakespeare Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies