The Clown—Kemp’s Jig | Newberry

The Clown—Kemp’s Jig

Friday, October 21, 2016Sunday, October 23, 2016

Friday and Saturday at 8 pm; Sunday at 3 pm, all with a pre-concert chat thirty minutes before the performance

Friday: Ruggles Hall, the Newberry Library; Saturday: Logan Center, University of Chicago; Sunday: Galvin Recital Hall, Evanston

The Newberry Consort
Purchase tickets at www.newberryconsort.org
Open to the Public

The Newberry Consort presents a bawdy stage jig in the spirit of Will Kemp, Shakespeare’s star clown and one of the actors who appeared in his earliest plays. Offering a glimpse into the street theater tradition of Elizabethan England, Kemp specialist and actor/singer/dancer extraordinaire Steve Player joins us from England, rounding out an ensemble of singers and lute and violin players.


  • Violin band: David Douglass, Tim Macdonald (US National Scottish Fiddling Champion), Brandi Berry, Jeremy Ward
  • Steve Player, dancer, singer, guitar
  • Ellen Hargis, singer, guitar
  • Jeffrey Strauss, singer
  • Corey Shotwell, singer
  • Brandon Acker, lute and guitar

This performance is part of programming related to the Newberry exhibition Creating Shakespeare, which will run from September 23 to December 31, 2016.

Cost and Registration Information 

For more information and to purchase tickets, see the Newberry Consort website.