• 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

Romeo & Juliet

See Calendar for matinee schedule

Volunteer Opportunities

  • 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.
      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.


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Volunteer Opportunities

Title: FREE Shakespeare on the Common 2017 Volunteer

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is looking for volunteers for its 22nd season of FREE Shakespeare on the Common. This summer's production of Romeo and Juliet will be performed Wednesday, July 19th through Sunday, August 6th near the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common.

Volunteering for the show(s) requires arriving at the Common two hours before showtime; shows begin at 8pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, 7pm on Sundays, and 3pm for a matinee performance on Saturday, August 5th. Volunteer responsibilities include: passing out playbills, setting up and breaking down chairs and tents, selling merchandise, collecting surveys, cleaning up at the end of the night, and other duties assigned by the Front of House staff. Volunteer duties will conclude approximately three and a half hours after showtime. All volunteers are invited to view the production from the seated Friends section of the audience when not performing duties.

If you are interested in volunteering this summer, you can sign up here. Questions can be directed to volunteer@commshakes.org.

Title: Development Volunteer

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) is seeking a volunteer who will be an integral part of the development team, which consists of a full-time Director of Development and full-time Development Associate.


  • Filing, data entry, and office organization
  • Assisting staff with fundraising appeal mailings
  • Assist with staffing events as needed
  • Other duties as assigned – can be catered to the volunteer’s interests


  • Professional and detail-oriented, with excellent communication skills
  • Ability to be calm and focused under pressure
  • Computer-savvy, with strong knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

Time Commitment

  • Flexible, but must be during office hours (roughly 10am-5pm Monday-Friday)

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to employment@commshakes.org with “Development Volunteer” in the subject line. Rolling deadline. No phone calls please.

Please note that Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is the Theatre-in- Residence at Babson College. Applicants must have their own means of transportation to and from the campus in Wellesley.

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