Shakespeare On the River

Magik has brought Shakespeare to the people of San Antonio for 14 years.

Shakespeare on the River at The Arneson Theatre in La Villita will be November 15-17, 2018.

The Magik Theatre, San Antonio’s professional family theatre, presents Shakespeare on the River – a FREE event celebrating family-friendly Shakespeare.

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre returns to San Antonio for a third year, having performed The Taming of the Shrew at last year’s Shakespeare on the River. This year, they will perform the classic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.

“Their take on Shakespeare is very family-friendly, making it a great fit for Magik’s mission,” said Magik’s Chief Executive Officer Frank Villani. “It’s the perfect way to introduce your kids to Shakespeare.”

From Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “In this one-hour Family Shakespeare adaptation, Beatrice and Benedick have sworn off love and each other. Their friends and family intervene to transform these sworn bachelors into a happy couple. Will these tricks finally put an end to their “merry war?” ​Much Ado is our Family Shakespeare performance, and is specifically designed for audiences of all ages. There is some cartoonish violence and lots of discussion of love and romance, as well as the hilarious use of one Shakespearean swear word.”

Performances of Much Ado About Nothing are November 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m at The Arneson River Theatre. The event is free to the public, seating is first come, first served. Reserved VIP seating is available, see below for details. 

Program Details:

  • Half-hour musical pre-show starting at 7:00 each night.
  • Much Ado About Nothing starts at 7:30 and will end around 8:45 each night.

Want to reserve some seats?

Become a VIP for $20 – You’ll get a reserved seat in a Box and one drink ticket.

For $20, you don’t have to come early to save seats – we’ll do it for you! All you have to do is show up, use your drink ticket to get a glass of beer or wine, kick back in the Box,  and enjoy the show.

Reserve seats for $10 – You’ll get a reserved seat in one of the front rows.

For $10, you don’t have to come early to save seats – we’ll do it for you! All you have to do is show up by showtime.



November 2018
Grid  List 
Wed Nov 14
Thu Nov 15
Fri Nov 16
Sat Nov 17
Sun Nov 18

Shakespeare on the River is generously funded by The City of San Antonio Center City Development and Operations Department, City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992, GLI Distributing, Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Shakespeare on the River 2017
A selection of photos from last year's fun.