• 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

King Lear

Apprentice Showcase 2015

Commonwealth Concerts

Without You

See Calendar for matinee schedule

CSC In The Classroom

  • July 22 - August 9, 2015

    King Lear

  • Begins July 31, 2015

    Apprentice Showcase 2015

    • When:

    • Venue:


    • Need to know:

      All performances are FREE

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  • Friday, July 30 - Friday, August 7

    Commonwealth Concerts

    • When:

    • Venue:

      Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

    • Need to know:

      Commonwealth Concerts Sponsored by New England Conservatory, July 30-August 7, 2015. Concerts begin 90 minutes before curtain on the main stage at Shakespeare on the Common. 

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  • September 9-13, 2015

    Without You

    • When:

      September 9-13, 2015 80 minutes

    • Venue:

      Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College

    • Need to know:

      Run time is approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.

      Seating will begin 30 min prior to curtain.

      Directions & Commuting Information to the Carling-Sorenson Theater

      No refunds on ticket purchases. Ticket exchanges for another performance will be accommodated up to 24 hours in advance.

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CSC In the Classroom and Beyond!

Below is information about current CSC educational offerings. Each program introduces and explores Shakespeare’s plays but in a creative context appropriate for the age group. The outcomes go well beyond learning about Shakespeare! Our versatile and creative education team is enthusiastic about collaborating to make sure the program suits the needs of the host organization. These programs can be arranged to fit a classroom or community organization environment. To learn more about any of our programs, please email education@commsakes.org, or call Associate Artistic Director, Adam Sanders at (781) 239 - 5851.

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Commonwealth Kids

Games Afoot

The Public Poet

The Bard and Me

Accessibility and Community Partnerships


Commonwealth Kids

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company produces kid-friendly plays based on Shakespeare’s classics. These lively and comic plays are adaptations of Shakespeare’s work, written in contemporary English, that highlight tough moral conflicts that will be very familiar to a young audience.

  • Explores issues of responsibility, peer-pressure, identity and choice-making in a relatable and fun story
  • Best suited for audiences from K - 4th grade
  • Each play runs about 25 minutes long and requires minimal technical support
  • Includes some audience interaction
  • Upon request, may be paired with a post-show talkback with the character/actors or additional activities with the cast

Now Playing!
“Henry” explores a young boy's struggle to live up to his father’s expectations while sometimes rising above, and sometime succumbing to the peer pressure of his best friend Falstaff. Based on the character of Prince Hal and Henry the Fifth from Shakespeare’s “Henry IV and V”.

In the Works
An adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” explores the fleeting nature of popularity and how it can feel to be on the outside of a group of friends.

These plays have been performed at local YMCAs and schools, community centers, the Boston Common, the Tadpole Playground and this summer will be featured at George’s Island’s Plays in the Park series on July 3rd.

Games Afoot


This residency is designed for students aged twelve to fifteen. In Games Afoot, CSC actors and teaching artists introduce one of Shakespeare’s plays through a series of theater games and improvisation activities. The focus is not so much on Shakespeare’s language but rather on the wide variety of relationships in his plays. This combination of Shakespeare’s rich storytelling and the freedom of a game-based approach allows young artists to explore their own relationships while having fun with theater and Shakespeare. Each series culminates in a devised performance that follows Shakespeare’s play but is based on the group's favorite games and their own sketch writing.

  • Explores social interaction in peer, family and authority systems
  • Ideal for students ages 12 to 15
  • Allows for some flexibility in attendance
  • Can run from 5 to 15 visits

This residency has been hosted by the Gerald and Darlene Jordan Boys and Girls Club in Chelsea and the Boys and Girls Club in Charlestown.

The Public Poet


For three years, CSC has worked at Everett High School to bring this extended residency to its ELA classrooms. The idea is simple: to show students reading one of Shakespeare’s plays how actors might approach the text, that is, the way that Shakespeare intended it to be read. CSC teaching artists and actors work with the students on improvisation, voice, and close reading to prepare a monologue to present for the entire grade!

  • Learning outcomes involve public speaking, presentation skills, civic thought
  • Appropriate for any class studying Shakespeare’s plays, but ideally suited to 9th graders
  • Residencies have spanned 6 to 11 visits
  • Details of the residency are planned in collaboration with teachers

Ideal for schools looking to take advantage of the MCC’s STARS grant (CSC can provide substantial support in the grant application process) http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/programs/residency.asp



The Bard and Me


CSC works with schools and educational organizations at tailoring theatre-education experiences for their particular communities. These workshops can range from three to twelve class meetings, and take place during the academic school day, or during after-school time. The focus of the work is developing personal performance skills such as storytelling, eye contact, vocal volume and personal expression through the lens of Shakespeare’s texts.

  • Learning outcomes include reading and writing skills; storytelling; and collaboration. 
  • Appropriate for a wide range of students including elementary students through high school.
  • Residencies have spanned 3 to 12 visits over one to eight weeks.
  • Details of the residency are planned to achieve specific, shared aims between CSC and the partner organization.

This is our most flexible program in terms of scope and age appropriateness. The program is shaped around the final performance, allowing for a detailed process that culminates in a full production, or a limited process that culminates in a loosely sketched presentation, and everything in between. This program is ideal for schools and organizations that want to stage a yearly Shakespeare production, or those that seek to “try out” CSC in hopes of expanded programming in the future.


CSC Believes In Inclusive, Accessible Theatre Education

At CSC we believe: that educating through Shakespeare is an education of culture, history and art; education and artistic expression is a life-long process; and experiencing Shakespeare is an inclusive, equitable experience for all children and adults.

If your school community needs special services in accommodation of students, we encourage you to contact us so that we can build a program that can suit your needs.

Community Partnerships

At Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, we seek to partner with cultural and educational organizations that serve the Greater-Boston area and have collaborating missions of increasing the cultural, artistic and academic caliber of our great city. We currently partner with the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Babson College, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Everett High School, St. Joseph Elementary School (Needham), St. Joseph Preparatory School (Brighton), the West End House, the English Speaking Union and many others.