This 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.





Run time is about 2 hours with one intermission.

Recommended for middle school ages and up.


MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is written by William Shakespeare; adapted and directed by Ryan Crowder; and featuring Nathan Jerkins, Jennifer Jennings, Nathan Daniel Ford, Emily Smith, Suzanne Balling and Taylor Flanagan.


In the news

Director Ryan Crowder has created a smart, slimmed down adaptation of the text while adding plenty of bells and whistles to create a light piece of summer fare that is suitable for the entire family." -Austin American Statesman

Delightful and very funny... All ages will enjoy the dancing, love, loss and character work. Do yourself a favor, grab some friends and head to Round Rock for this classic." -BroadwayWorld Austin



Round Rock Amphitheater


Round Rock Amphitheater (Map it)

301 W. Bagdad Ave

Round Rock, TX 78664


The Amphitheater is located behind the Baca Senior Center. Coming from I-35, take exit 252 for Hwy 620. At the light, turn east onto 620. Then turn right on Brown Street. Brown Street dead ends into the parking lot for the Amphitheater. Free parking is available in the parking lot; in one of the nearby parking garages (below and across the street from the Baca Senior Center); or on the street.


Guests may bring picnic blankets or lawn chairs to sit on. Food and drink is also permitted. However, for safety reasons, please do not bring glass bottles or containers.


Accessible to all


Accessible to all


Penfold Theatre is dedicated to making live, professional theatre accessible to all. In keeping with this commitment, Much Ado About Nothing is 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.


Support our efforts by making a donation online or at the performance!


Another way you can help is to purchase discounted tickets to a Round Rock Express game! For every lawn and infield ticket sold, our partners at the Express will donate $2 and $3 respectively to the production of Much Ado About Nothing. Come to the game on Wednesday June 13th, and you'll also have a chance to meet the Penfold creative team, who will be at Dell Diamond as the featured Chasco Community Nonprofit that night!


During your visit


During your visit


During your visit, you'll want to take in the Allan Houser Sculpture Exhibit on display in Centennial Plaza, just next door to the Round Rock Amphitheater. This is the first major exhibition in Texas to showcase Houser, who was one of the most renowned Native American painters and modernist sculptors of the 20th century. The exhibit is sponsored by the City of Round Rock and features 18 of the artist's original sculpture pieces.


The schedule below shows special events related to performances of Much Ado About Nothing. Check back for updates!


Friday, June 15th: Pet Night! Sponsored by White Rock Veterenary Hospital




Season sponsors

Edward Jones, City of Round Rock

Production sponsors

Community Impact, Go Mini's Storage, White Rock Veterinary Hospital, Texas Commission on the Arts