Riverside Shakespeare Festival

Riverside is thrilled to announce its 2024 Summer Free Shakespeare production: Julius Caesar June 14th – 30th





Our mission

Riverside Theatre is committed to bringing professional level Shakespeare productions to our community free of charge every summer on the Festival Stage in Iowa City’s Lower City Park.

Since 2000, Riverside has staged more than 40 classical productions in the Park. This program was made free for all in 2018 and regularly serves more than 2,000 attendees each summer, employing dozens of local and regional artists.

An event for the community, brought to you by the community.

Families, friends, and neighbors, young and old, can enjoy an evening under the stars watching and listening to our finest actors perform the work of one of the greatest playwrights in history.

Underwritten in part by The City of Iowa City, the Iowa Arts Council, and YOU.

Shakespeare: not of an age, but for all time

Shakespeare’s contemporary Ben Jonson put it best: “Not of an age, but for all time.”

Shakespeare’s work endures because of its humor, its rich language, its exploration of the human experience, and its remarkable adaptability to the present.