Shakespeare: Twelfth Night | Newberry

Shakespeare: Twelfth Night

Led by John Nygro. 5 sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Wednesdays, May 23 - June 20

2 - 4 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

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

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Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

Shakespeare’s enduing, effervescent comedy about a sibling reunion, practical jokes, and hidden love will serve as the basis for reading, viewing, discussing, and appreciating the Bard’s genius for a writer of comedy. A variety of video performances of the play will be viewed and discussed. Short talks by the seminar leader will offer an opportunity to increase understanding of how Shakespeare uses comedy in Twelfth Night to continue to make audiences laugh for more than four hundred years. Five sessions.

John Nygro is a lecturer, actor, and musician in the Chicago area with a forty-year career in the arts. His talks have been heard at universities, libraries, arts organizations, and on radio.

Materials List


  • Participants may read a previously purchased edition of the play. If participants would like to purchase an edition for this seminar: The Arden Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, ISBN#: 978-1903436998

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read Act 1 of the play.

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