Summer Shakespeare in the Park returns with “Much Ado About Nothing”

May 18, 2018 | In In the Press


Penfold Theatre Company presents “Much Ado About Nothing” free-of-charge from 8 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings May 31-June 23.

The production will take place at the Centennial Plaza amphitheater in Downtown Round Rock.

Much Ado About Nothing marks the eighth installment in the company’s “Penfold in the Park” series, an annual offering of free, outdoor summer theatre, made possible by a partnership with the City of Round Rock Parks & Recreation Department.

Penfold’s production of this much beloved comedy is set on the Texas frontier, featuring live music and a trimmed-down cast of six virtuosic performers. The soldiers return victorious from war, but the merry sparring – and sparks – between the stubborn bachelor Benedick and the self-assured Beatrice have just begun! Meanwhile, young Claudio and Hero are standing at the altar when schemes of the villainous Don John threaten to sour everyone’s happiness. Now, all hope for happy endings lies in the hands of the bumbling members of the Night’s Watch.

Shakespeare’s highly celebrated, romantic and razor-witted comedy gives us the battle of the sexes as a delicious war of words, striking hilarious chords and revealing timeless truths about love, change and acceptance.

Audience members are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the Allan Houser Sculptor Exhibit, currently on display next door in Centennial Plaza, or one of several special pre-show performances scheduled throughout the run.


  • Thu May 31, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.
  • Fri June 1, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.
  • Sat June 2, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.
  • Thu June 7, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.
  • Fri June 8, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.
  • Sat June 9, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.
  • Thu June 14, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.
  • Fri June 15, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.
  • Sat June 16, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.
  • Thu June 21, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.
  • Fri June 22, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.
  • Sat June 23, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.


Penfold Theatre Company’s mission is to empower artists to create work of the highest caliber and to engage diverse audiences through stories that inspire and impact our community.