Shakespeare: "Antony and Cleopatra" | Newberry

Shakespeare: "Antony and Cleopatra"

Led by John Nygro. Five sessions. 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Wednesdays, July 17 - August 14

2 - 4 pm

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $220
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $242

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Seminar Description

This course will focus on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, using the play’s treatment of the Antony and Cleopatra myth as a springboard for discussions about the strength and weakness of character, the expansion of gender roles, and the conflict created when one’s integrity and one’s duty to country are in contradiction. In addition to reading and discussing the entire play, participants will view video performances of various productions to deepen their appreciation of Shakespeare’s genius. The seminar leader will also present short talks relevant to the play.

Five sessions. E – $220, L – $242

John Nygro is a Chicago-based lecturer, actor, and musician with a forty-year career in the arts. He has given talks at universities, libraries, arts organizations, and on radio.

Materials List


  • William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra. Oxford. ISBN: 978-0199535781. **Please note: participants may read from a previously purchased edition of the Shakespeare plays**

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read Act One of Antony and Cleopatra.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.