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The tragedy is mainly set in the Roman Republic and Ptolemaic Egypt and is characterized by swift shifts in geographical location and linguistic register as it alternates between sensual, imaginative Alexandria and a more pragmatic, austere Rome.
Antony and Cleopatra
It has been described as "the world's most filmed story after Cinderella".
It depicts the gradual descent into madness of the title character, after he disposes of his kingdom.
In the backstage world of theatre, some believe that the play is cursed, and will not mention its title aloud.
The play is renowned amongst literary scholars for the way in which it portrays the human emotion of jealousy.
It is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work, and traditionally was one of his least respected plays.
Giuseppe Verdi's last opera, Falstaff, is based on the play.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Richard Loncraine's 1995 film, starring Ian McKellen, is set in a fictional fascist England in the 1930s, and based on an earlier highly successful stage production.
The play contains music and songs that evoke the spirit of enchantment on the island. It explores many themes including magic, betrayal, revenge, and family. In act four, a wedding masque serves as a play-within-the play, and contributes spectacle, allegory, and elevated language.
Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.