William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) was a marvelous English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest English writer and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, 2 long narrative poems, and few other verses, the authorship of which is uncertain. His plays have been translated into almost every language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Antony and Cleopatra was probably performed first in about 1607 at Blackfriars Theatre or the Globe Theatre by the King's Men. Its first known appearance in print was in the First Folio of 1623. The plot is based on Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's Lives and follows the relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony from the time of the Sicilian revolt to Cleopatra's suicide during the Final War of the Roman Republic.