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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. Dr. 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.

2018 Season

  • Hamlet

    Hamlet

    July 27, 29, 31 & August 2, 4
    Houston Shakespeare Festival opens their 44th season with Shakespeare's gripping masterpiece, "Hamlet." A young prince is summoned back from his university studies to find his world turned inside out, with his mother re-married to his uncle and a ghost haunting the battlements. Unearthing the truth in a court of corruption takes a live-or-die kind of courage - does Hamlet have it?
  • The Comedy of Errors

    The Comedy of Errors

    July 28 & August 1,3, & 5
    Houston Shakespeare Festival returns to Miller Outdoor Theatre with a riotous farce of mistaken identity! Double trouble comes to the port city of Ephesus when two sets of twins, separated as infants, pop up, causing mayhem and mirth. Laughs fly and surprises abound in Shakespeare's earliest comedy.
Miller Outdoor Theatre

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Free parking near Miller Outdoor Theatre is available in Lots C, D and E. Parking Lot C is newly refurbished and located off Hermann Drive with entrances at Crawford and Jackson Streets. Lot C the largest of the three lots, and has new pedestrian walkways connecting to Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Workshops and Events

  • HSF Conservatory

    HSF Conservatory

    A rigorous 17 day, intensive summer camp for high school students, focusing on teaching Shakespeare performance and exposing students to the professional theatre world.
  • Texas Intensive

    Texas Intensive

    An annual workshop focused on the art of stage and screen violence, specifically designed to provide students of all levels with an immersive, “intensive” experience.
  • Bard Bash

    Bard Bash

    A pub crawl celebrating our friend Will's birthday! Wear your favorite Houston Shakespeare Festival t-shirt and come raise a mug or two to the bard! HSF performances will erupt in each location.