Shakespeare Festival

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If you are a Houstonian, who loves Shakespearean movies, then Houston Shakespeare Festival at the Miller Outdoor Theatre is one event you wouldn’t want to miss. Especially amidst the long pandemic spell, after which the much-awaited event plans to make a comeback! So, prepare yourself for an exciting week from August 3 to August 7, and immerse in the joy of the Houston Shakespeare Festival (HSF) featuring some of Shakespeare’s finest stories.

This year is a special one for Shakespearean movie lovers, but with a delightful twist. Unlike the past that paired a Shakespearean history, or drama with one of his comedies, this year, movie lovers will get to watch five of Shakespeare’s incredible creations that cover a range of the legend’s styles.

Shows at Houston Shakespeare Festival Miller Outdoor Theatre

HSF’s executive director, and theater historian, Rob Shimko, informed that the Houston Shakespeare Festival Miller Outdoor Theatre event starts with two of the timeless Kenneth Branagh movies, ‘Henry V’ (serious) and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (comedy). Furthermore, it features ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with James Cagney and Olivia DeHavilland, Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Throne of Blood,’ the Japanese adaptation of ‘Macbeth,’ and Baz Lurhmann’s ‘Romeo + Juliet’ that has Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the lead.

Additionally, the event, produced by the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance, features Bard Talks by Shimko before every show to provide some background on the film. The shows begin at 8.30 PM. They are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows,

Day Date Show
Tuesday August 3 “Henry V” (1989)
Wednesday August 4 “Throne of Blood” (1957)
Thursday August 5 “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (1935)
Friday August 6 “Much Ado About Nothing” (1993)
Saturday August 7 “Romeo + Juliet” (1996)


About the Houston Shakespeare Festival

HSF was founded by Sidney Berger in 1975. The festival has been an excellent opportunity for Houstonians to gather, and entertain themselves, and relive the magic of the wonderful stories written by Shakespeare.

For more information about the festival click here

About the Miller Outdoor Theatre

The Miller Outdoor Theatre is one of the iconic venues in Houston. The theatre first opened in 1923 and was later rebuilt in 1968. The theater can seat over 1,700 patrons with 20 wheelchair accessible spaces, and around 4,500 more patrons can enjoy the 80,000-square-foot sloping lawn offering a perfect view of the stage.

Check out more information about the Miller Outdoor Theatre.  


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