For its August chapter of free monthly theater productions under the stars, concerts and sing-alongs, the good folks at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park have lined up an enviable ensemble of performances, which are guaranteed to liven up your family and/or date nights. The lineup includes a variety of Shakespeare adaptations and cross-cultural dance-music productions.
Since 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre has been a fixture in Houston’s list of beloved haunts for outdoor concerts, featuring global and local talents. Did we mention, all performances at Miller are free. Miller Outdoor Theatre is funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.
Miller Outdoor Theater August 2021 Performances
August 3 at 8:30 p.m.
To mark the 47th Anniversary Season, the Houston Shakespeare Festival (HSF) team has curated a selection of six classic Shakespeare films, with a cinematic twist! Each screening will feature a live lecture by theatre historian and HSF executive director Dr. Rob Shimko. The lecture will begin at 7:40 p.m. at the raised picnic table area near the concession stand.
On Tuesday, the audience will be treated to Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V (1989), one of the finest modern film adaptations featuring the exploits of the heroic and ruthless king, Henry V of England. Note, some material may be inappropriate for children under 13 as the film is rated PG-13.
August 4 at 8:30 p.m.
Akira Kurosawa’s masterful Throne of Blood (1957), which transposes the plot of Shakespeare’s Macbeth from Medieval Scotland to feudal Japan with stylistic elements drawn from Noh drama, will screen on Wednesday. This film is not rated but contains some stylized violence.
August 5 at 8:30 p.m.
Max Reinhardt’s classic Hollywood retelling of Shakespeare’s fantastical play A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935), will feature an all-star cast including James Cagney, Mickey Rooney and Olivia de Havilland. This film is not rated.
August 6 at 8:30 p.m.
Kenneth Branagh’s delightful Much Ado About Nothing (1993) is a romantic comedy film based on William Shakespeare’s play of the same name, featuring sparkling performances by Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington and Michael Keaton. The film is rated PG-13
August 7 at 8:30 p.m.
Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s most well-known romantic tragedy in a post-modern setting with iconic costumes, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the star-crossed lovers. The crime romantic saga is rated PG-13
August 13 at 8:30 p.m.
Sharing Stories will fuse Indian classical dance forms with the Spanish flamenco and theatre arts into a cross-cultural, family-friendly inclusive experience.
Act 1 is a Kathak-Flamenco curtain raiser featuring two dynamic dance ensembles, accompanied by live musicians from Indian classical and Spanish folk tradition, who will create a captivating, high-energy, foot-tapping artistic conversation.
Act 2 is the feature presentation, ‘Chakryavyuh: Battle Against the Odds’, an original Indian classical dance-theater production that tells the story of a 16-year old warrior who fought fearlessly, trapped in the unbreakable battle formation, the Chakravyuh, in the epic Kurukshetra war of Indian mythology. The story is a tale of bravery, deceit, familial bonds and feuds, war strategy, and maternal angst taken from the ancient Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharata.
August 14 at 8:30 p.m.
Four-time Grammy winner, pianist and composer Oscar Hernández will be performing with America’s hottest Latin youth group “Caliente,” under the direction of Antonio Diaz. “Noche Caliente” promises to be an unforgettable musical evening with a focus on Hispanic heritage.
August 20 at 8:30 p.m.
Bhoomi will take the audience on a journey to explore one of humanity’s greatest challenges: Climate change, through the portrayal of the evolution of the five natural elements–space, air, fire, water, and earth. It asks why and how have we gotten to this point and what might we do to slow this course we have laid for ourselves? The performance will unfold against the backdrop of paintings by award-winning artist Shanthi Chandrasekhar and lush designs from Dylan Uremovich. India-based music composer Praveen Rao provides a sweeping and innovative original score.
August 21 at 8:30 p.m.
Classic Albums Live returns to the Miller stage to recreate one of the best-selling albums of all time, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, note for note, cut for cut! A Miller favorite, Classic Albums Live lives up to its stellar reputation of performing hit albums exactly as you remember. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, released in 1977, it is one of the best-selling albums of all time and a won the 1977 Grammy for Album of the Year.
August 28 at 8:30 p.m.
Los Chicos del 512 brings you a phenomenal performance as a tribute to the Queen of Tejano music Selena. Having sold out multiple venues and with a most recent performance for the Chicago Bulls and the Marines Okinawa, Japan, Los Chicos del 512 presents you a show that is the closest one can get to live a Selena concert!
Tickets and seating policies for Miller Outdoor Theater August Performances
You can get your tickets online starting from 9 a.m., two days prior to the performance date until noon on the day of the performance here
The theatre offers two kinds of seating: covered and hillside seating. Both are free, but covered seating requires a reservation.
Masks are strongly encouraged for all attendees, especially those who are unvaccinated.
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