• Shakespeare on the Common

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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

Happy Days

See Calendar for matinee schedule

Theatre in the Rough

A new series debuting in Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s 2013-2014 season. An expansion of CSC’s longstanding American Voices, TITR is a script-in-hand reading series presented without common theatrical elements like sets or costumes. These pared-down readings uniquely engage the audience by immersing them in the immediacy of the text and the actors’s performances, allowing one’s own imagination to take creative flight.

Shakespeare and the Law/Leadership

A favorite script-in-hand reading series, Law and Leadership each bring together local, state and national lawyers and judges and renowned business leaders with some of Boston’s best local acting talent to perform Shakespeare plays each season. Each performance is followed by a panel discussion addressing questions and themes in the text that resonate for these professionals within their modern fields.

Tour of the Parks

CSC’s touring initiative to local parks brings free outdoor theater to neighborhood venues and under-served communities. Past seasons have included: Shakespeare on Love, a collection of love scenes complimented with popular music performed by CSC Apprentices and Bard Over Broadway a new Shakespeare-inspired musical-theater review performed in collaboration with The Boston Conservatory.


Shakespeare on the Common

A Boston tradition since 1996, CSC has been presenting fully-staged productions of Shakespeare plays free-of-charge to Boston audiences.


Commonwealth Concerts

Sponsored by New England Conservatory and the Free For All Concert Fund, Commonwealth Concerts is a series of pre-show concerts featuring a wide range of musical styles before performances of Shakespeare on the Common.


Events

Special events--including our Annual Gala--held throughout the year to raise funds to support all of CSC’s FREE programming.

Performance Series Descriptions

Commonwealth Concerts: Sponsored by New England Conservatory and the Free For All Concert Fund, Commonwealth Concerts is a series of pre-show concerts featuring a wide range of musical styles before performances of Shakespeare on the Common.

Shakespeare & the Law: Presented each season in partnership with the Boston Lawyers Chapter of the Federalists Society and McCarter & English.  Shakespeare & the Law features a staged reading of a Shakespeare play (past performances include Richard II, Othello, The Merchant of Venice and Henry V ) performed by local, state and national lawyers and judges.  The presentation is followed by a panel discussion lead by a moderator.

Shakespeare & Leadership: Debuting in 2012, Shakespeare and Leadership takes a cue from the long tradition of Shakespeare & the Law and features a staged reading of a Shakespeare play (past performances include Macbeth and Coriolanus) performed by renowned business leaders alongside local professional actors.  The reading is followed by a panel discussion by the participants addressing leadership questions and themes raised in the text.

Shakespeare on the Common: A Boston summer tradition since 1996, CSC has been presenting FREE fully-staged productions of Shakespeare plays to Boston audiences.

Theatre in the Rough:
A new series debuting in Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's 2013-2014 season.  An expansion of CSC's longstanding American Voices, Theatre in the Rough is a script-in-hand reading series presented without common theatrical elements like sets or costumes.  These pared-down readings uniquely engage the audience by immersing them in the immediacy of the text and the actors' performances, allowing one's own imagination to take creative flight.  Previous readings have featured some of Boston's best local talent alongside stage/TV/film actors such as Rutina Wesley, Chris Cooper, Jeff Donovan, Paul Rudd, and Anthony Mackie.