Nothing screams Houston summer traditions like Shakespeare in the park. For its 47th season anniversary, the University of Houston Theater School presents its annual report Houston Shakespeare Festival with consecutive productions of King Lear and Cymbeline at the Miller Outdoor Theater. From this Thursday through August 6, Houstonians of all ages can experience the stories of family kings and power as actors bring the stories to life.

Whether reading his plays at school or watching film adaptations, we have all met William Shakespeare. Lessons in love, betrayal and loyalty filled the stories of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, macbeth, and other famous works by the famous 17th century English playwright and poet. The festival has been inviting our city’s diverse communities to attend free live performances of famous Elizabethan theater tragedies since 1975.

Those wishing to attend no longer need to worry about long queues as you can now book up to four free tickets on line from 10 a.m., one day before each performance. Attendees can choose between covered seating (free with an assigned ticket) or hillside seating. The shows of King Lear will take place from July 28, 30, August 1, 3 and 5 at 8:15 p.m. Production of Cymbeline will take place on opposite dates from July 29, August 2, 4 and 6.

Miller Outdoor Theater, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. For more information on the Houston Shakespeare Festival, visit Where Miller Open Air Theater.