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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.

2017 Season

  • Twelfth Night

    Twelfth Night

    July 28, 30, August 1, 3, 5 @ 8:15 pm

    Shakespeare’s intoxicating comedy, Twelfth Night, ponders love lost and found. Mistaken identities and role reversals abound in one of Shakespeare’s most inventive romantic romps. A shipwreck separates the twins Viola and Sebastian, but tragedy quickly turns to comedy when they wash up in a land turned upside-down by love. Artistic Director Jack Young directs this relentless pursuit of unrequited love with gender-bending wit, drunken high-jinks, and swooning serenades. Mistaken identities and role reversals abound in one of Shakespeare's most inventive romantic romps.

  • Richard III

    Richard III

    July 29, August 2, 4, 6 @ 8:15 pm

    The relentless ambition of Richard Plantaganet dominates the stage in Richard III — a fast-paced roller-coaster ride of political maneuvers, media manipulation, and pushing one’s luck beyond the breaking point. The Wars of the Roses have put Edward IV on the throne, with his brother Richard having done much of the dirty work. But, while everyone else is ready to squabble over the courtly pecking order, Richard’s ambitions haven’t yet been satisfied. Lenny Banovez, Artistic Director of New York City’s award-winning TITAN Theatre Company, directs the story of Richard's murderous path to the crown.

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.