• 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

The Boys from Syracuse with Boston Landmarks Orchestra

Shakespeare & the Law: Julius Caesar

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.

Commonwealth Concerts Sponsored by The Free for All Concert Fund, Inc.

August 9 & 10, 2014

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  • When:

    Saturday, August 9 & 10, 2014

  • Venue:

    Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

  • Need to know:

    Saturday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m.
    Boston Public Quartet, resident ensemble of musiConnects


    Sunday, August 10 at 5:30 p.m.
    Musicians from the Longwood Symphony Orchestra

Commonwealth Concerts sponsored by
The Free for All Concert Fund, Inc.

These classical music performances are FREE and will take place on the main stage before Twelfth Night on August 9 & 10.  Both concerts are made possible through a grant from the Free for All Concert Fund.

Saturday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Boston Public Quartet, resident ensemble of musiConnects

Sunday, August 10 at 5:30 p.m.
Musicians from the Longwood Symphony Orchestra


About The Free for All Concert Fund, Inc.

The Free for All Concert Fund, an independent grant-making public charity, ensures that everyone from the Boston region- children, adults, families - will have regular and permanent access to the rich world of classical, orchestral music, and related cultural events.  With 20 grantees presenting free concerts throughout Boston's neighborhoods, this Fund is guaranteeing that classical music will remain free for all, forever.  For more information about the Free for All Concert Fund, Inc., please visit: www.freeforallconcertfund.org

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