• 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

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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Our American Hamlet

March 23-April 2, 2017

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  • When:

    March 23 - April 2, 2017

  • Venue:

    Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

  • Need to know:

    Wednesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M.
    Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M.

    Runtime: 90 minutes

    Tickets: $25-$60

    March 23 performance is pay-what-you can with a minimum of $10 per ticket. Seating locations will be based on availability.

    Students with a valid student ID may purchase in advance for $15 per ticket for any performance.  Tickets will be located in the balcony. 

    Groups with 10 or more attendees will receive a 20% discount off the first two price levels (not applicable for the $25 seats).  A deposit will be due for half of the total cost upon booking and the remainder will be due one week before the performance.  Call 781-239-5682.

    Seniors 60+ receive $4 off the ticket price for the first two price levels (not applicable for the $25 seats).  


    Scenic Design:
    Julia Noulin-Merat

    Lighting Design:
    Brian Lilienthal

    Sound Designer:
    David Remedios

    Costume Design:
    Nancy Leary

    Nile Hawver

    Properties Designer:
    Lisa Berg

    Assistant Director:
    Leah Carnow

    Stage Manager:
    Jenna Worden

    Assistant Stage Manager:
    Rachel Corning

    Fight Captain:
    Kelby Akin

    Assistant Sound Designer:
    Isaias Pedreros







A World Premiere 

Written by Jake Broder
Directed by Steven Maler

The year was 1866, less than a year after President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. His brother Edwin Booth, one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of the nineteenth century, decided to perform Hamlet on Broadway, a role he had performed in the past to great acclaim. A huge crowd turned up for the performance — but it wasn't clear whether they were there to see the actor perform, or to exact their revenge.  Jacob Fishel, an actor with a wide-ranging career on television and on and off Broadway, takes on the role of Booth. 

UPDATE: April 1: We understand snow is expected today and this evening.  At this point, the performances are scheduled to go on as usual at 3:00pm and 7:30pm.  Please check back for updates.

If by chance the performance is cancelled or you cannot make it to the theater due to extreme circumstances, we will be offering exchanges into the remaining performances over the weekend. 




June Booth/John Sleeper Clarke . . . Kelby Akin*
Adam Badeau . . . Jake Broder*
Asia Booth/Mary Devlin . . . Lucy Davenport
Edwin Booth . . . Jacob Fishel*
John Wilkes Booth . . . Joe Fria*
Mary Ann Homes/Adelaide Delanoy . . . Maureen Keiller*
Junius Brutus Booth . . . Will Lyman*

*Member Actor's Equity Association


Read more about the show!
Shakespeare's tragedy, and our own-The Boston Globe
Lincoln assassin's brother was 'like De Niro'-Wicked Local

 Click on the Video Below to Go Behind the Scenes with the Cast and Creative Team

    Cast: Click image to read bio