• 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

See Calendar for matinee schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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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General FAQ

  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC), founded in 1996, is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

  • CSC is the Theatre in Residence at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

  • Apprenticeships, internships and volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. Please contact us for more information.

Click on the questions below to learn more about CSC's FREE Shakespeare on the Common

When are the performances?

The Summer 2017 production of Romeo & Juliet will run from July 19 through August 6. Performances on Tuesday through Saturday evenings begin at 8 PM. Sunday performances begin at 7 PM. 3PM matinee on August 5. There are no performances on Mondays.

The performance is about 2.5 hours long, including a 15 minute intermission. 

Are there matinees?

There will be one matinee performance of Romeo & Juliet on Saturday, August 5, at 3 PM.

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

Yes. CSC will offer ASL-Interpreted, Audio-Described, and Open Captioned performances of Romeo & Juliet this summer. The schedule is:

ASL Interpreted Performances:
July 28th @ 8pm
July 29 @ 8pm
Raindate: July 30 @ 7pm

Audio-Described Performances:
July 30 @ 7pm
August 4th @ 8pm

Join us for a backstage tactile tour from 6:30-6:45 before each Audio Described performance! 

Open Captioned Performance:
July 27 @ 8pm
August 3 @ 8pm

This summer’s production of Romeo & Juliet will also feature on-site accessible services to patrons with mobility impairments, those who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Blind and Visually Impaired. The staff at CSC is committed to serving all patrons regardless of ability or disability. 

Our Services
•    American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performances
•    Audio Described Performance
•    Sound Enhancement Devices Available
•    Braille and Large-Type Programs Available
•    Accessible Seating reserved in several free seating locations around the Boston Common
•    Accessible Seating available in the Friends Section for a minimum donation of $75

Click here to learn more about accessibility on the common.


Several areas are reserved for patrons with wheelchairs or mobility impairments and their companions. Click HERE to view a seating map.

For more information, please contact CSC at (617) 426-0863 or info@commshakes.org.

Where are the performances?

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

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Where should I park?

Parking is available in the Boston Common Garage. Be sure to pick up a discount coupon from one of the 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 .

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How much are tickets?

All performances of Romeo & Juliet are FREE and open to the public. We offer a limited number of reserved chairs in our Friends Section located near the stage at each performance. Visit the Support Us page to learn more.

In order to help us keep Shakespeare on the Common free for those who cannot afford to pay, we encourage all who attend to consider leaving a donation to support future productions. 

Are shows delayed or canceled for weather?

Audience and actor safety is our main concern. In cases of heavy rain or lightning storms, we will cancel. Audiences can get weather updates on our website at commshakes.org, call the Weather Hotline at (617) 426-0863, or our Facebook or Twitter feeds. 

When should I arrive?

Some people arrive as early as 2-3 hours before the performance to stake out their spot. There is plenty of space on Boston Common, however, 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?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own chair and/or blanket to sit on.  Please note that if you have a tall chair that could obstruct the view of other patrons, you will be directed to a designated Tall Chair Section. Click HERE to view a detailed seating map.

If you plan to arrive early, please do not leave your chair or blanket unattended. 

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

Shakespeare on the Common is always free and open to the public. A limited number of reserved chairs will be available in CSC's Friends Section for each performance. Friends Section seats will be available for purchase in mid-spring. For more information, visit the Friends Section page on our website or call us at (617) 426-0863.

Is there food?

Yes. The Ben & Jerry's ice cream truck and Earl of Sandwich are present during all performances. Additional food trucks will be available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. CSC concessions, including bottled water and candy, directly support Shakespeare on the Common. For your convenience, we encourage attendees to bring cash for food and concessions, although we do accept credit cards. You are welcome to bring your own food, however, alcohol is not permitted on the Boston Common. 

Can I bring my own food?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own food.  Please help us keep the Boston Common clean by picking up after yourself. Note that alcohol is not permitted on the Boston Common.

What else should I bring?

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on, a light sweater, mosquito repellent, and an umbrella if the forecast calls for rain. We also recommend having some cash on hand to purchase concessions. If you plan to attend a matinee performance, we also suggest that you bring a hat and sunscreen.

If you plan to arrive early, please do not leave your chair or blanket unattended. 

Are there restrooms?

Yes, portable toilets are located near the tennis courts.

Is there anything else going on at the performance?

Yes, and they will be announced in July.

Is there merchandise available for purchase?

Yes. T-shirts, sweatshirts, blankets, hats and other items are available for purchase at the 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?

There are a number of ways to support CSC: donations will be collected on the Common and you can visit our website at commshakes.org or call us at (617) 426-0863. Shakespeare on the Common is possible thanks to the support of friends like you. 

Can I smoke on the Common?

No, there is now a smoking ban in all Boston Parks.  A $250 fine will be enforced by the Rangers onsite.

Is Romeo & Juliet appropriate for children?

Romeo & Juliet is appropriate for ages 12 and up.