• Shakespeare on the Common

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    Food & Beverages

    • · Vendors available onsite
    • · Personal food & drink welcome
    • · No alcohol
  • Tickets & Seating

    · Performances are free & open to the public

    · Bring a blanket to sit on

    · Bring or rent a chair - rentals $5 + $5 deposit

    · Learn more about sitting in our Friends Section

    · Additional information will be posted in the spring

  • Other Info

    · Parking: Boston Common Garage

    · Restrooms available onsite

Stage2 Series: Julius Caesar

Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II

Our American Hamlet

Beckett In Brief

See Calendar for matinee schedule

Accessibility

  • July - August, 2017

    Romeo & Juliet

    • When:

      July - August, 2017 (Exact performance schedule announced in Spring 2017)

    • Venue:

      Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

    • Need to know:

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  • March 23-April 2

    Our American Hamlet

    • When:

      March 23 - April 2, 2017

    • Venue:

      Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

    • Need to know:

      Wednesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M.
      Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M.

      Runtime: 90 minutes

      Tickets: $25-$60
      March 23 (only) is pay-what-you-can

      Scenic Design:
      Julia Noulin-Merat

      Lighting Design:
      Brian Lilienthal

      Sound Designer:
      David Remedios

      Costume Design:
      Nancy Leary

      Fight Choreography:
      Nile Hawver



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  • May 8-16, 2017

    Stage2 Series: Julius Caesar

    • When:

      May 8-16, 2017 90 minutes

    • Venue:

      Babson College's Sorenson Center for the Arts

    • Need to know:

      Recommended for grades 6 and up.

      Directions & Parking Information for the Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

      Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission.

      Wheelchair Accessibility: Wheelchair seating is available at the Sorenson Center for the Arts. When purchasing tickets, please indicate your needs for wheelchair accessible seating and House Management staff will be happy to reserve appropriate seating for you and your guests.

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  • April 27–30 and May 3–7

    Beckett In Brief

    • When:

      April 27–30 and May 3–7

    • Venue:

      Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

    • Need to know:

      Wednesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M.
      Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M.

      Tickets:
      General Admission $40
      April 27 (only) is pay-what-you-can

      Scenic Design:
      James Fenton

      Sound Design:
      Elizabeth Callas

      Costume Design:
      Chelsea Kerl

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  • 04/05/2017

    Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II

Accessibility

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is committed to providing equal access to Free Shakespeare on the Common through its access and inclusion program, A Common Access Initiative, funded by the Liberty Mutual Foundation with the help of Boston University Office of Disability Services and the Perkins School for the Blind.

 General Information

 Download a map of the Shakespeare on the Common site. 

If you reserve Friends Section chairs through our website, we encourage you to provide details that will inform us on how to best assist you with your access needs. If you do not plan to reserve Friends Section seats but have questions about accessibility, please contact our Audience Services Manager Stephen Reinstein at sreinstein@commshakes.org or call our main phone line at 617-426-0863.

Click here to view a video about accessible transportation options to our site on the Boston Common

Click here to view a video about how our site is set up

 Boston Common Accessibility

 Accessible Seating is reserved in several free seating location around the Common.  Accessible seating is also available in CSC's Friends Section for a minimum donation of $50. 

Accessible parking is available at the Boston Common parking garage

The Park Street MBTA Station (Red Line/Green Line) has an elevator up to street level. 

There is an accessible toilet to the back-left of the stage.

 Blind and Visually-Impaired Accommodations

Braille and large-print programs are available at each performance. To pick one up, please go to the CSC Information Tent. 

Audio Described Performances of Love's Labour's Lost:

Sunday, July 31 at 7pm

Thursday, August 4 at 8pm

(Raindate: Sunday, August 7 at 7pm)

There will also be a backstage tactile tour from approximately 6:30-6:45pm before each Audio Described performance.

 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accommodations

 Assistive listening devices are available at each performance. To pick  one up, please go to the CSC Information Tent. 

ASL-Interpreted Performances of Love's Labour's Lost:

Saturday, July 30 at 8pm

Friday, August 5 at 8pm

(Raindate: Sunday, August 7 at 7pm)

There will be a reserved section near the front-left of the stage for patrons to view the ASL interpreters. 

Open Captioned Performance of Love's Labour's Lost:

Friday, July 29 at 8pm

(Raindate: Tuesday, August 2 at 8pm)



Contact Information

For special accommodations or information, please contact Audience Services Manager Stephen Reinstein at sreinstein@commshakes.org.