• Shakespeare on the Common

  • Cancellations

    Weather information:


    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

Shakespeare and the Law: Measure for Measure

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

2017-2018 Season

Death and the Maiden

See Calendar for matinee schedule


  • September 26, 2017

    Shakespeare and the Law: Measure for Measure

    • When:

      2 hours

    • Venue:

      Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon Street

    • Need to know:


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  • November 13, 2017

    Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

    • When:

      Monday, November 13, 2017 7pm 2 hours

    • Venue:

      Carling Sorenson Theater, Babson College

    • Need to know:

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  • 2017-2018

    2017-2018 Season

    • When:

    • Venue:

      Babson College, Boston Common

    • Need to know:

      All dates, times, artists, and programs are subject to change.

      * Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, Death and the Maiden, and Old Money are presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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  • Jan 30-Feb 11

    Death and the Maiden

    • When:

      January 30-February 11, 2018

    • Venue:

      Black Box Theater, Babson College, Wellesley

    • Need to know:

      $40 General Admission
      $36 Seniors
      $15 Babson Faculty/Staff
      $5 Babson Students
      $15 Non-Babson Students

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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 Romeo & Juliet:

Sunday, July 30 at 7pm

Friday, August 4 at 8pm

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 Romeo & Juliet:

Friday, July 28 at 8pm

Saturday, July 29 at 8pm

Rain Date: Sunday, July 30 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 Romeo & Juliet:

Thursday, July 27 at 8pm
Thursday, August 3 at 8pm

Contact Information

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