Events And Theaters In Houston Area

Houston Shakespeare Festival

July 28 to August 6, 2017
Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston 77030

Each summer, the Houston Shakespeare Festival produces a season of two Shakespeare plays in repertory. Since its inception in 1975, HSF has entertained nearly a half million theatergoers with free performances in Hermann Park's Miller Outdoor Theatre. Festival audiences are as diverse as Houston itself, with many people experiencing live theatre for the first time.

The Houston Shakespeare Festival has grown into one of the major events on Houston's summer entertainment calendar. HSF is a recognized Equity theatre.

Twelfth Night

  • In Illyria, music is the food of love and nobody is quite what they seem. Houston Shakespeare Festival’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.
  • 8:15 p.m. -- July 28, 30, August 1, 3, 5

Richard III

  • The relentless ambition of Richard Plantaganet dominates the stage in Houston Shakespeare Festival's production of 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.
  • 8:15 p.m. -- July 29, August 2, 4, 6