• 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

Romeo & Juliet

2017 Apprentice Showcase

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.

  • July 19 - August 6, 2017

    Romeo & Juliet

    • 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.

      Accessible Performances Schedule

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




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  • July 25 - August 6, 2017

    2017 Apprentice Showcase

Beckett In Brief

April 27 - May 7, 2017

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  • When:

    April 27–30 and May 3–7

  • 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.
    NOTE: There is no 3pm performance on Saturday, April 29

    General Admission $40
    April 27 (only) is pay-what-you-can
    April 30-Post show discussion with Director, James Seymour and Actor, Will Lyman

    Scenic Design:
    James Fenton

    Sound Design:
    Elizabeth Callas

    Costume Design:
    Chelsea Kerl

    Lighting Design:
    Alexander Fetchko
    Lisa Berg

    Stage Manager:
    Greg Nash
Three Short Plays by Samuel Beckett
Rough for Radio II, The Old Tune
and Krapp's Last Tape

Directed by James Seymour 

Will Lyman*
 Ken Baltin*
Ashley Risteen
Among Samuel Beckett’s most autobiographical works, Rough for Radio II, The Old Tune, and Krapp’s Last Tape explore universal questions of creativity, memory, aging, sex, friendship, and the proximity of death. These plays from his mid-career are traditionally viewed as individual statements, but the three provide a wealth of impressions when placed in conversation with one another, giving us a better understanding of the legendary playwright’s intellect, passion, and temperament.

This production features Will Lyman, familiar to Boston audiences for his many roles at CSC and other theaters, and his decades of narrating Frontline on PBS.



This event is general admission. For specific accommodations including wheelchair seating, please call 781-239-5880.


Rough for Radio II (Ashley Risteen and Will Lyman*) Photo Credit: Evgenia Eliseeva

The Old Tune (Will Lyman* and Ken Baltin) Photo Credit: Evgenia Eliseeva

Krapp's Last Tape (Will Lyman*) Photo Credit: Evgenia Eliseeva

Krapp's Last Tape and Rough for Radio II written by Samuel Beckett (presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.). The Old Tune, written by Robert Pinget and Samuel Beckett (© Editions de Minuit)
*Member Actor's Equity

    Cast: Click image to read bio