Summer Fun: It’s Family Funday at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s “Much Ado About Nothing”

100 Days of Summer Day 28


Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (CSC) announces the beloved Shakespeare romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing as its 2022 outdoor show at Patapsco Female Institute (PFI) Historic Park in Ellicott City, with performances June 15 through July 24, 2022.

And today, Sunday June 26 is a Family Funday!

Much Ado About Nothing is a family-friendly show, and tickets are FREE for children 18 and younger (up to two free tickets per adult ticket purchased by reservation). Weekly Family Fundays with story-time explaining the plot of Much Ado About Nothing, face-painting, and crafts like mask making and coloring will start at 4:30 p.m. before each 6 p.m. Sunday performance.  Chesapeake Shakespeare In-The-Ruins has introduced over 10,000 children to Shakespeare through its Free Shakespeare For Kids program.

As has become a much-loved tradition, we welcome (and encourage) patrons to bring their own picnics (including wine and/or beer) and blankets to enhance the experience of the evening! Standard seating, family-style picnic tables, and date-night tables for two will be available.


Beatrice and Benedick are made for one another, and everyone knows it … except for them. It will take an entire village of meddlers, gossips, and fools to help them win this “merry war” of misdeeds, misunderstandings, and mistaken identities. Enjoy Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy under the stars at PFI Historic Park.


The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park is located at 3655 Church Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Parking for the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park is located at 3691 Sarah’s Lane, Ellicott City, MD, 21043. Gates and ticket tent will open 90 minutes prior to curtain.

Reserve your tickets here!

**Editor’s note: I have been attending Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s performances at the Patapsco Female Institute for over 4 years and it is such an enjoyable experience. My kids (aged 11 & 12) also love it. The ruins are a great setting, being able to pack a picnic really adds to the fun, and the shows are delightful, with very talented performances and lots of great music and comedy. I highly recommend going!