• 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

Shakespeare and the Law: Measure for Measure

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

2017-2018 Season

Death and the Maiden

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.


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

    • Need to know:


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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

    • Need to know:

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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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  • Jan 30-Feb 11

    Death and the Maiden

    • When:

      January 30-February 11, 2018

    • Venue:

      Black Box Theater, Babson College, Wellesley

    • Need to know:

      $40 General Admission
      $36 Seniors
      $15 Babson Faculty/Staff
      $5 Babson Students
      $15 Non-Babson Students

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Romeo & Juliet

July 19 - August 6, 2017

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  • 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.
    Run Time-2 1/2 hours including intermission

    Accessible Performances Schedule

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




2017 Free Shakespeare on the Common

Romeo & Juliet

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Allegra Libonati

July 19-August 6
Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common

Performances are free and open to the public.



One of Greater Boston's most beloved traditions, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Free Shakespeare On the Common takes up residence once again with Shakespeare’s drama, Romeo & Juliet proving that the power of love triumphs over divisions and differences. The Capulet and Montague families have been engaged in a multi-generational feud, causing much distress and havoc in the city of Verona; but when young Romeo, son of the Montagues, meets Juliet, the daughter of the Capulets, their immediate love blossoms and accepts no barriers, with tragic results.


Creative Team

Scenic Design  

Julia Noulin-Mérat

Costume Design       

Neil Fortin

Lighting Design

Jamie Roderick

Sound Design

David Remedios


Peter DiMuro

Fight Direction

Angie Jepson










John Zdrojeski*


Gracyn Mix*


Kario Marcel


Kai Tshikosi

Lord Capulet

Fred Sullivan Jr*

Lady Capulet

Celeste Oliva*


Brandon Green*


Ramona Lisa Alexander*

Friar Laurence

Equiano Mosieri*

Lord Montague

Mark Soucy

Lady Montague

Chris Everett

 *denotes Member Actors' Equity Association

The ensemble of Romeo & Juliet includes our CSC2 Company: Alex Deroo, Adam Ewer, Cassie Foote,Tim Hackney, Keith Hale, Kaci Hamilton, Jamil Joseph, Stephanie King, Sarah Mass, Andrew Prensky, Kai Tshikosi, Joey Tyler.


Click HERE to view the Romeo & Juliet playbill 


Friends Section Chairs

Free Shakespeare on the Common is made possible each year through a combination of grants, sponsorships, and donations collected through the Friends Section program. The Friends Section consists of lawn chairs set in front of our stage for your convenience. Individuals can reserve a chair at a performance of Romeo & Juliet with a donation of $75 per chair, with all proceeds going directly towards the costs of the production. Online reservations can be made up to five hours prior to the performance. Friends Section chairs are pre-assigned. All donations are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE.

Proceeds from the Friends Section help keep Shakespeare on the Common free for all!



Special Accommodations

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's staff is equipped to assist patrons of all abilities. A limited number of tall chairs, accessible seating areas, assisted-listening devices, and Braille & large print programs are available at each performance. Dates for ASL-Interpreted, Audio-Described, and Open-Captioned performances are listed on the right side of this page under Additional Info. Anyone needing special accommodations is encouraged to contact CSC in advance. These requests should be emailed to Audience Services Manager Stephen Reinstein at sreinstein@commshakes.org  or call CSC’s main line during regular business hours at 617-426-0863. 

    Cast: Click image to read bio

  • Fred Sullivan, Jr.*

  • Mark W. Soucy

  • Brandon G. Green*

  • Ramona Lisa Alexander*

  • Gracyn Mix*

  • Kario Marcel

  • Equiano Mosieri*

  • Celeste Oliva*

  • Kai Tshikosi

  • John Zdrojeski*