穆桂英是戏剧和小说《杨家将》(Generals of the Yang Family)中的一个人物，它讲述的是北宋时期杨家四代人保卫国家的故事。穆桂英是受人尊敬的官员杨宗保的妻子，杨宗保是第三代守卫边疆的杨家人。穆桂英武艺非凡。她的丈夫在一场战争中战死后，穆桂英抑制住悲伤，带领所有的杨家寡妇向西夏王国(the Western Xia Kingdom)开战。《穆桂英挂帅》(Mu Guiying Takes Command)起初是豫剧(Yu Opera)，1959年梅兰芳将其改编为京剧。
Mu Guiying is a character in the opera and novel Generals of the Yang Family which tells of the Yang family that safeguarded the country for four generations during the Northern Song Dynasty. Mu Guiying was the wife of the respected official Yang Zongbao who was of the third generation that guarded the border in Yang family. She had extraordinary martial arts skills. After her husband died in a war, Mu Guiying suppressed her sorrow and led all the widows in Yang family to make the war against the Western Xia Kingdom. Mu Guiying Takes Command was originally a Yu Opera which Mei Lanfang adapted into a Peking Opera in 1959.