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Recurring Event Event Series: Houston Shakespeare Festival

August 6 @ 8:15 pm 10:30 pm


From the organizer:

Houston Shakespeare Festival

The Houston Shakespeare Festival debuted in 1975 when Dr. Sidney Berger, then director of the School of Theatre at the University of Houston, met with UH administrators and the Miller Theatre Advisory Board to enlist support for a two-production season of Shakespeare’s works to be played in repertory on Miller Theatre’s bill. Berger and UH theatre professor Cecil Pickett went on to direct a pair of plays each summer, performing free to the public at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre in this unique collaboration between a city and a university.

Tickets are available online 1-2 days in advance of performances.


King Lear

“As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods—they kill us for their sport.”  

Summer 2022 | July 29, August 4 & 6 
7:45 Bard Talk   
8:15 Performance  
King Lear, in dividing his estate, disowns the wrong child. Family loyalty, betrayal, and madness set the stage for  King Lear —the first Houston Shakespeare Festival production of this enthralling masterpiece in over 20 years. Director Stephanie Shine ( As You Like It ) leads a powerful ensemble in Shakespeare’s epic opus, with Jack Young in the title role.  


“I am glad I was up so late, for that’s the reason I was up so early.”  

Summer 2022 | July 30, August 1 & 3 
7:45 Bard Talk   
8:15 Performance  
Shakespeare’s fairytale romance,  Cymbeline,  tells the tale of a hopeful princess and her banished secret husband, plus her wicked stepmother, her goofball step-brother, and her powerful father, King Cymbeline.  They take a journey through secret plots, forbidden love, mistaken identity, vile poisons, leading to lost family members reunited. Laura Frye, who shined as Rosalind in  As You Like It , returns to Houston to take on Imogen’s adventure.      


6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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