Mayor Sylvester Turner Declares July 28 Houston Shakespeare Festival Day

UH-Produced Event Runs at Miller Outdoor Theatre July 28-Aug. 6

"Twelfth Night"
Tracie Thomason is Viola and Dylan Paul is Duke Orsino in the romantic comedy "Twelfth Night".
"Richard III"
(l-r) Carlton Warnberg is Richmond, Jack Young is Richard III and Meg Rodgers is Queen Elizabeth in the tragedy "Richard III".

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has proclaimed Friday, July 28 as Houston Shakespeare Festival Day.

On this day, the Houston Shakespeare Festival will kick off its 43rd season at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030 Click here for map and parking information.

The event, produced by the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance, is free and open to the public. All shows begin at 8:15 p.m. The performance schedule is as follows:

  • “Twelfth Night” – July 28, 30; Aug. 1, 3, 5
  • “Richard III” – July 29, Aug. 2, 4, 6

In what has become an annual tradition, city officials will present a proclamation before the opening of “Twelfth Night”. An excerpt from the official document reads, “The City of Houston commends the directors, organizers and actors for contributing to Houston’s creative landscape.”

Sidney Berger founded the Houston Shakespeare Festival in 1975. It remains the legacy of the UH professor emeritus and longtime director of UH’s School of Theatre and Dance who passed away in 2013. Since its inception, the festival has entertained more than a million Houstonians and attracted national theater talents.