• Boston Common Performances

  • Cancellations

    Weather hotline:
    617-426-0863 (ext. 6)


    Food & Beverages

    • · Vendors available
    • · Personal food & drink welcome
    • · NO ALCOHOL
  • Boston Common Performances

    All's Well That Ends Well performances are free

    ·Rent or bring a chair - rentals $7 + $3 deposit

    ·Reserve a spot close to the stage click here

  • Other Info

    Parking Boston Common Garage

    ·Restrooms available

    ·Bring a blanket to sit on

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, founded in 1996 is a registered non-profit with approved 501C(3) status.

  • Apprenticeships, Internship and Volunteering opportunities are available – we can always use a helping hand. Please contact us if you would like to help out or need more information.


When are the performances?

Summer 2013 Season of THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA will run July 6-28. CLICK HERE for the specific dates and times.

Are there matinees?

There will be two matinee performances of THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA: Thursday, July 18th @ 1pm and Saturday, July 27th @ 2PM.

Are there any special performances or considerations for patrons with disabilities?

Absolutely! Thanks to funding provided by Liberty Mutual Foundation and the Boston Foundation, CSC is able to offer additional performances this year geared towards patrons with disabilities. ASL-Interpreted performances will be on July 21st @ 7pm and July 27th @ 2pm. An Audio Described performance will be on July 18 @ 1pm.* Additionally, at all performances we have several areas reserved for patrons in wheelchairs and their companions. Click HERE to view a seating map.

*Due to the limited number of assisted listening devices available for the audio-described performance, we encourage you to RSVP in advance by emailing info@commshakes.org or calling the office at 617-426-0863. 

Where are the performances?

At the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common, across from the AMC Theater on Tremont Street. If traveling via the MBTA, there are several stations located within steps of the Boston Common: Green Line (Boylston or Park St stops), Orange Line (Downtown Crossing or Chinatown stops) or the Red Line (Park St or Downtown Crossing stops).

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How much are tickets?

All performances of THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA are FREE* and open to the public. We do offer a limited number of reserved chairs located near the stage at each performance. Visit the Support Us page to learn more.

*We encourage all who attend to consider leaving a donation to support future productions of Shakespeare on the Common. Suggested donation amount is $10 per person. 

Are shows canceled for weather?

Yes, in cases of heavy rain or lightning storms. Audiences can check-in with the Weather Hotline, on Facebook or Twitter 1 or 2 hours before the show for cancellation announcements. Weather hotline: 617-426-0863 (ext. 6)

When should I arrive?

Some people arrive as early as 2-3 hours before the performance to stake out their spot, but there is a lot of space on the Boston Common and you will be able to find room no matter when you arrive.

Are there chairs?

Lawn chairs are available for rent in the chair rental tents on either side of the stage. Chair rentals are $5, plus a $5 deposit that will be returned to you when you return the chair.

Can I bring my own chair? If so, where can I sit?

Absolutely! Although if you have a tall chair that will obstruct the view of other patrons, you will be directed to a designated Tall Chair Section. Click HERE to view a detailed seating map.

How do I get one of those seats near the stage?

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. However, there are a limited number of reserved chairs available for each performance. For more information, visit the Support Us page.

Is there food?

We are happy to be host a number of food vendors. Besides the convenience of purchasing your food on-site, a portion of all food sales is contributed to CSC! Most food and drink items are $7 or less and we encourage bringing cash. Bottled water is available for purchase as well by CSC.

Can I bring my own food?

Yes, although alcohol is not permitted on the Boston Common.

What else should I bring?

A blanket to sit on, a light sweater, mosquito repellent, and maybe an umbrella if drizzle is forecast. We also recommend having some cash on hand to purchase concessions.

Where should I park?

Parking is available in the Boston Common Garage. Be sure to pick up a discount coupon from one of the chair rental tents or from one of the ushers. These coupons, provided by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, extend a discount to our patrons and also direct funds to CSC. For more information visit the MCCA's website.

Are there restrooms?

Portable toilets are located near the tennis courts.

Is there anything else going on at the performance?

Free For All concerts will happen July 27th and 28th prior to the evening performances. And check out our Lectures in the Grove education discussion, beginning 45 minutes before each performance in the Information tent.

Is there merchandise available for purchase?

Yes. T-shirts, sweatshirts, blankets, hats and other items are available for purchase at the chair rental tents on either side of the stage. 100% of the proceeds go to benefit Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

How can I support free Shakespeare on the Common?

If every audience member contributed $10, we could fund this year’s and next year’s productions in their entirety. Donations will be collected on the Common, or you can contribute online here.

Also, we are always in need of volunteers to help us sell merchandise, distribute playbills, usher and other tasks. Call us 617-426-0863 for more info.