The 2022 Houston Shakespeare Festival Takes Miller Outdoor

The free summer festival returns for nine days with live performances of King Lear and Cymbeline.

By Jessica Lodge

NOTHING SCREAMS HOUSTON SUMMER TRADITIONS like Shakespeare in the park. For its 47th season anniversary, the University of Houston’s School of Theater presents its annual Houston Shakespeare Festival with back-to-back productions of King Lear and Cymbeline at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. Starting July 28  through Aug. 6, Houstonians of all ages can experience the tales of family and power-driven kings as the actors bring the stories to life.

Whether it was through reading of his plays in school or watching film adaptations, we’ve all encountered William Shakespeare. Lessons on love, betrayal and loyalty filled the stories of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth and other famous works by the renowned 17th-century English playwright and poet. The festival invites our city’s diverse communities to watch live performances of the famous Elizabethan theater tragedies free of charge since 1975. 

Those wishing to attend no longer have to worry about waiting in long lines as you can now reserve up to four free tickets online beginning at 10 a.m. the day before each performance. Attendees can choose between covered (free with assigned seating ticket) or hillside seating. The performances of King Lear will take place July 28 and 30, and Aug.1, 3 and 5 at 8:15 p.m. The production of Cymbeline will occur on July 29, and Aug. 2, 4 and 6. 

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive. For more information regarding the Houston Shakespeare Festival, visit or Miller Outdoor Theatre.


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