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Enjoy a Film Fest This Year Instead of the Traditional Houston Shakespeare Festival

There will be five film screenings Aug 3–7 instead of the annual live performances.

By Emma Schkloven June 29, 2021

Houston Shakespeare Festival, Houston Shakespeare Festival, wherefore art thou, Houston Shakespeare Festival? Alas, dear Bardophiles, we’ll have to muddle through another summer without hearing the glorious words of the late, great William Shakespeare live at Miller Park Outdoor Theatre. But the good news is we will get to hear them in some capacity.  

While the traditional presentation of Shakespeare’s works has been postponed for another season, the University of Houston is bringing its popular festival back with a cinematic twist. Shakespeare Night at the Movies will run August 3–7 and feature five famous filmed versions of the Bard’s works. And like the very best festivals celebrating Ol’ Willy, it’ll feature a healthy helping of comedy, a little tragedy, a dash of history, and a whole lot of t’wases (just because).   

The Night at the Movies series kicks off August 3 with Kenneth Branagh’s landmark Henry V (not to be confused with his other Shakespeare landmark, Much Ado About Nothing—possibly one of the best cinematic adaptations of a Bard work ever —which screens on August 6). The free festival also includes Max Reinhardt’s Golden Hollywood version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Baz Luhrmann’s stylish and sexy Romeo + Juliet, and Throne of Blood, a Japanese historical drama based on Macbeth.  

And before you even think about trading your kingdom for a horse to see Shakespeare in person again, HSF’s previously planned productions of King Lear and Cymbeline will hit the stage in 2022.

More info at See the full schedule below. 

Shakespeare Night at the Movies Schedule

Aug 3: Henry V (1989)

Aug 4: Throne of Blood (1957)

Aug 5: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935)

Aug 6: Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

Aug 7: Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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