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 Outdoor Theatre's bill. Dr. Berger and UH Theatre professor Cecil Pickett were the original directors for HSF productions, performed free to the public in this unique collaboration between a city and a university. Since its inception, HSF has entertained more than a million theatergoers with free performances in Hermann Park's Miller Outdoor Theatre. Today, HSF Executive Director Dr. Rob Shimko and Artistic Director Jack Young carry on the great Festival’s great legacy of providing Houston with free, professionally produced Shakespeare classics.
HAMLET - July 27, 29, 31 August 2, 4 @ 8:15 pm
Houston Shakespeare Festival opens the 44th season with Shakespeare's gripping masterpiece, "Hamlet." A young prince is summoned back from his university studies to find his world turned inside out, with his mother re-married to his uncle and a ghost haunting the battlements. Unearthing the truth in a court of corruption takes a live-or-die kind of courage - does Hamlet have it?
COMEDY OF ERRORS - July 28, August 1, 3, 5 @ 8:15 pm Houston Shakespeare Festival brings a riotous farce of mistaken identity to Miller Outdoor Theatre! Double trouble comes to the port city of Ephesus when two sets of twins, separated as infants, pop up, causing mayhem and mirth. Laughs fly and surprises abound in Shakespeare's earliest comedy.
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