• 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

Twelfth Night

July 23 - August 10, 2014

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  • When:

    July 23 - August 10, 2014

  • Venue:

    Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

  • Need to know:

    Performance Schedule:

    Tuesdays thru Saturdays @ 8pm

    Sundays @ 7pm

    Matinee: Saturday, July 26th @ 3pm

    ASL Interpreted Performances: Aug 3 & 8 (Rain date Aug 9)

    Audio-Described Performance: July 27 (Rain date Aug 3)

    Run time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

    Click HERE for a Site Map.



Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Steven Maler

July 23 – August 10, 2014

FREE and Open to the Public

"We will draw the curtain and show you the picture" -- Olivia, Twelfth Night

For our 19th season production of Free Shakespeare on the Common, CSC is pleased to present Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's classic comedy of love in disguise. One of The Bard's most popular plays, Twelfth Night follows the journey of Viola and Sebastian, twins separated by a shipwreck, as they encounter loss and love in their new homeland-the mythical and magical land of Illyria.

"For 2014, we wanted to bring back an audience favorite - and one of my favorite comedies," says Artistic Director Steven Maler. "We are eager to revisit Illyria and some of Shakespeare's most colorful characters-Sir Toby Belch, Malvolio, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and Feste." CSC last presented Twelfth Night in 2001.

Remo Airaldi* Feste
Marianna Bassham* Viola
Conner Christiansen* Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Sheree Galpert* Maria
Woody Gaul Antonio
Jerry Goodwin Captain/Priest
Nile Hawver Sebastian
Robert Najarian* Orsino
Kerry O'Malley* Olivia
Robert Pemberton* Sir Toby Belch
Juan Rodriguez Fabian
Fred Sullivan Jr.* Malvolio
*Member of Actors' Equity Assoc.


Timothy Kopacz                       Curio
Nick Chris Valentine
Amanda Fuller Ensemble/Attendant to Olivia
Charlotte Kinder Ensemble
Fleece Ensemble/First Officer
Jesse Gabbard Ensemble/Second Officer/ Prologue Movement Captain



Choreography Yo-el Cassell
Costumes Design Nancy Leary
Sound Design** David Remedios
Lighting Design** Eric Southern
Scenic Design** Cristina Todesco
Assistant Direction Joey Frangieh
**Member of United Scenic Artists


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Have any questions? Click here to see our frequently asked questions.


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Watch the show from the Friends Section and
order your picnic boxes from Earl of Sandwich today.

For more information on how to secure your chair
s click here.

Eventbrite - Twelfth Night | July 23 - August 10

CSC's Free Fun Friday sponsored by

the Highland Street Foundation

Friday, August 1

Click here for more information.



Have any questions? Click here to see our frequently asked questions.

    Cast: Click image to read bio

  • Remo Airaldi

  • Kerry O'Malley

  • Marianna Bassham

  • Robert Pemberton

  • Nile Hawver

  • Fred Sullivan, Jr.*

  • Cristina Tedesco

  • Eric Southern

  • Nancy Leary

  • David Remedios

  • Robert Najarian

  • Conner Christiansen

  • Sheree Galpert

  • Joey Frangieh

  • Yo-el Cassell

  • Jerry Goodwin

  • Woody Gaul

  • Juan C. Rodríguez

  • Timothy Kopacz

  • Fleece

  • Amanda Cate Fuller

  • Charlotte Kinder

  • Jesse Gabbard

  • Nick Chris