Houston's Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park is unique in the United States, offering an 8 month season of professional entertainment that is artistically excellent, culturally diverse and always FREE of charge to the public. This is the largest "always free" program of its kind in the country.
Miller Outdoor Theatre offers the most diverse season of professional entertainment of any Houston performance venue, and it's all FREE! Classical music, jazz, ethnic music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, classic films, and much, much more are included in this year's outstanding line-up. Relax in the covered seating area or enjoy a pre-performance picnic on the hillside. All performances at Miller are family-friendly!
The theatre is located on approximately 7.5 acres of land in Hermann Park, site of the Houston Zoo, the Garden Center and the Museum of Natural Science. Seating is provided for 1,705 patrons and 20 wheelchair spaces, plus a sloping lawn that accommodates approximately 4,500 more on blankets or lawn chairs.
Theatre structure – 64 x 41 foot stage; 54 line sets for hanging lights, curtains and scenery; an orchestra pit which can be raised and lowered; dressing rooms; offices; full complement of theatrical equipment; 110-ton air conditioning system cools the performance area.
In its 2009 season, nearly 431,000 people were entertained by 132 performances, including HITS' Disney's Beauty & The Beast, the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats, SPA's Ritmo Latino with Esperanza Spaulding, Theatre Under The Stars celebrating 42 years of performances at Miller Theatre with 42nd Street, the Ensemble Theatre's smash hit The Wiz, The Houston Grand Taiko Festival, the 30th Anniversary Festival Chicano, the Houston Symphony, the Houston debuts of Stayin' Alive-One Nite of the Bee Gees, LUMA Light Show, Cirque Mechanics-Birdhouse Factory, Pablo Mayor & Folklore Urbano, the Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and other multicultural performances and festivals.