• 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

Shakespeare and the Law: Measure for Measure

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

2017-2018 Season

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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.


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

  • September 26, 2017

    Shakespeare and the Law: Measure for Measure

    • When:

      2 hours

    • Venue:

      Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon Street

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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

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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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Love's Labour's Lost

July 20 - August 7, 2016

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  • When:

    July 20 - August 7, 2016

  • Venue:

    Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

  • Need to know:

    Performance Schedule:

    Total running time: approximately 2.5 hours (including intermission)

    *Tuesdays - Saturdays @ 8pm
    *Sundays @ 7pm
    *Matinee: Saturday, August 6th @ 3pm

    *ASL Interpreted Performances:
    Saturday, July 30th @ 8pm
    Friday, August 5th @ 8pm
    Raindate: Sunday, August 7th @ 7pm

    *Audio-Described Performances:
    Sunday, July 31 @ 7pm
    Thursday, August 4th @ 8pm
    Raindate: Sunday, August 7th

    Join us for a backstage tactile tour at 6:15pm before each Audio Described performance!

    *Open Captioning:
    Friday, July 29 @ 8pm

    Raindate: Thursday, August 4

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By William Shakespeare

Directed by Steven Maler

July 20 - August 7, 2016

FREE and Open to the Public

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In Love’s Labour’s Lost, friendship and loyalty amongst four young men and four young women are put to the test when romantic youthful notions of love encounter the challenges of adulthood. A high-spirited romantic comedy filled with dazzling wordplay, strong comic characters and a few unexpected twists, Love's Labour's Lost both charms and touches the heartstrings of young and old alike. 

“Love’s Labour’s Lost for me is about growing up, about leaving behind adolescent attitudes towards love and gaining an understanding of the power and responsibility of loving another person,” says Maler. “Though it’s an early play, it has terrific language and indelible characters. Many of the themes, characters and situations in the play are explored in Shakespeare’s later plays, so you get to see the young Shakespeare at work in Love’s Labour’s Lost. The play for me became an anchor for the 2016 season, "Love On The Rocks", as we explore refractions and reflections on the enigmatic, magical and effervescent mystery of love.”


Remo Airaldi*

Don Armado

Justin Blanchard*

King of Navarre

Jason Bowen*


Larry Coen*


Jennifer Ellis*

Princess of France

Obehi Janice*


Ray O'Hare


Mark W. Soucy

Sir Nathaniel

Fred Sullivan, Jr.*


Brandon Whitehead*   



Jes Bedwinek


Rachel Belleman


Anthony Cason


Margaret Clark 


Dalton Davis


Marisa Gold


Cameron Gosselin   


Nash Hightower


Arisael Rivera


Grace Trapnell


Matthew Tyler


Colin Wulff

First Gentleman


Steven Maler


Scott Bradley**

Set Designer

Nancy Leary**

Costume Designer

Eric Southern**

Lighting Designer

Dave Remedios**         

Kevin Schlagle*

Sound Designer

Production Stage Manager

Yo-el Cassell

Choreography & Movement

Monica Giordano

Assistant Director

 *Member of Actors' Equity Association

**Member of United Scenic Artists



 Thanks to our Shakespeare On The Common sponsors and partners!


    Cast: Click image to read bio

  • Larry Coen*

  • Jennifer Ellis*

  • Remo Airaldi*

  • Fred Sullivan, Jr.*

  • Mark W. Soucy

  • Brandon Whitehead*

  • Jason Bowen*

  • Obehi Janice*

  • Ray O'Hare

  • Justin Blanchard*

  • Grace Trapnell

  • Arisael Rivera

  • Marisa Gold

  • Jes Bedwinek

  • Rachel Belleman

  • Anthony Cason

  • Margaret Clark

  • Dalton Davis

  • Cameron Gosselin

  • Nash Hightower

  • Matthew Tyler

  • Colin Wulff