• Shakespeare on the Common

  • Cancellations

    Weather information:
    781-239-5972

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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

Romeo & Juliet

2017 Apprentice Showcase

See Calendar for matinee schedule

Mission and History

  • July 19 - August 6, 2017

    Romeo & Juliet

    • When:

      Tuesday – Saturday performances at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm (Off Mondays). There will be one 3pm matinee performance on Saturday, August 5.

    • Venue:

      Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

    • Need to know:

      For Weather updates on performance nights, call the CSC weather hotline, (781) 239-5972.

      We are proud to be a part of The Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Friday Program! 
      Join us on Friday, August 4 from 6:30pm-7pm for a family-friendly demonstration on how actors safely create the illusion of realistic stage combat.  This session is appropriate for all ages.  Ben & Jerry's will be sampling ice cream from 5pm-6pm.
       
      Parking: Parking is available in the Boston Common Garage.  Be sure to pick up a discount coupon from one of the CSC tents or from an usher to receive $1 off your parking.  These coupons are provided by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA). CSC receives $2 from the MCCA each time a coupon is used.

      Accessible Performances Schedule

      ASL-Interpreted Performances: 
      July 28 + 29 @ 8pm (Rain date July 30 @ 7pm)
      Audio Described Performances: 
      July 30 @ 7pm + August 4 @ 8pm (Backstage touch tours 90 min before curtain)
      Open Captioned Performances: 
      July 27 + August 3 @ 8pm

       

       

       

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  • July 25 - August 6, 2017

    2017 Apprentice Showcase

Mission

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is dedicated to performing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions that are presented free of charge to Boston’s diverse communities, and to educating Boston’s youth not only about Shakespeare but also about their own potential for creativity.

About CSC

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is dedicated to bringing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions to the people of Boston and to exploring Shakespeare’s plays with the Boston community in innovative and creative ways. Best known for its annual free performances on Boston Common, CSC also presents several free play-reading events during the year—Theatre in the Rough, Shakespeare & Law, and Shakespeare & Leadership. The Company fulfills its educational mission with training programs for both pre-professional actors through its Apprentice Program and early-career actors through CSC2. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is the Theatre in Residence at Babson College.

History

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents professional productions of Shakespeare to Boston audiences during the summer months when local theatre companies tend to be on hiatus from their regular seasons, but when there are record numbers of people in the city. Now entering its 21st season, CSC's Shakespeare on the Common has become an annual Boston tradition, modeled along the lines of “Shakespeare in the Park” in Central Park and the many other free outdoor summer Shakespeare events throughout the country.

Beginning in the summer of 1996, CSC Artistic Director Steven Maler collaborated with the City of Boston, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs to present a free outdoor production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Copley Square. This event was described by Ed Siegel of The Boston Globe as “fully engaging, with one of the most diverse audiences ever seen in Boston.” Midsummer was chosen as one of the top ten productions of 1996 by the Globe, and Mr. Maler received the Eliot Norton Award for his outstanding direction. Carolyn Clay of The Boston Phoenix wrote, “how proud it is for Boston to finally offer free Shakespeare.” 

Following the success of Midsummer, CSC presented Romeo and Juliet at the newly renovated Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common in August of 1997. Performing annually at the Parkman Bandstand -- centrally located, handicapped-accessible and accessible to all by public transportation -- CSC has become one of Boston's most attended annual arts events.  Each summer CSC sees approximately 100,000 people on the Boston Common.  CSC has performed for over 1 million audience members!  In September of 2013, CSC was named as the Theatre in Residence at Babson College.