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King Lear

July 31, August 2, 4, 6,  8 
Onstage performances, 8:15 p.m.
Bard Talks located near concessions, 7:40 – 8 p.m.
Miller Outdoor Theatre - Hermann Park

“As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods—they kill us for their sport.”

King Lear, in dividing his estate, disowns the wrong child. Family loyalty, betrayal, and madness set the stage for King Lear—the first Houston Shakespeare Festival production of this enthralling masterpiece in over 20 years. Director Stephanie Shine (last year’s As You Like It) leads a powerful ensemble in Shakespeare’s epic opus, with Jack Young in the title role.

 

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Cymbeline

August 1, 5, 7,  9
Onstage performances, 8:15 p.m.
Bard Talks located near concessions, 7:40 – 8 p.m.
Miller Outdoor Theatre - Hermann Park

“I am glad I was up so late, for that's the reason I was up so early.”

Shakespeare’s dark fairytale romance, Cymbeline, tells the tale of a hopeful princess and her banished secret husband, plus her wicked stepmother, her goofball step-brother, and her powerful father, King Cymbeline.  They make a harrowing journey through secret plots, forbidden love, mistaken identity, vile poisons, and treachery. Laura Frye, who shined as Rosalind in last season’s As You Like It, returns to Houston to take on Imogen’s adventure.