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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

Twelfth Night

2014 Apprentice Showcase: Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare at Fenway

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.


Events

Special events--including our Annual Gala--held throughout the year to raise funds to support all of CSC’s FREE programming.

  • September 19, 2014

    Shakespeare at Fenway

    • When:

      Friday, September 19, 2014 7:30 pm 1 hour 30 minutes

    • Venue:

      Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA

    • Need to know:

      Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 22, 2014 at 12pm, and can be purchased at redsox.com/shakespeare, by calling (877) REDSOX-9, or by visiting the Fenway Park ticket office. Fans with disabilities can call (877) REDSOX-9 to purchase accessible seating. The Red Sox' TTY number for hearing-impaired fans is (617) 226-6644.

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  • August 8, 9, 10

    2014 Apprentice Showcase: Much Ado About Nothing

    • When:

      August 8-10, 2014

    • Venue:

      Babson College, The Modern Theater, Newton-Hyde Center

    • Need to know:

      All performances are FREE and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged but not required for performances at Babson College and The Modern Theater due to limited seating at those venues.

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  • July 23 - August 10, 2014

    Twelfth Night

    • 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

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Commonwealth Concerts Sponsored by New England Conservatory

August 1 - 8, 2014

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  • When:

    Friday, Aug. 1 - 8, 2014

  • Venue:

    Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

  • Need to know:

    Commonwealth Concerts Sponsored by New England Conservatory, August 1-8, 2014.  Concerts begin 90 minutes before curtain on the main stage at Shakespeare on the Common.

Commonwealth Concerts sponsored by
New England Conservatory

These FREE jazz performances will feature New England Conservatory students and alumni.  They take place on the main stage before Twelfth Night, Friday, August 1 - Friday, August 8.  Each concert begins 90 minutes before curtain, so be sure to arrive early to hear this terrific music!

Friday, August 1 - 6:30pm - Dor Herskovits Trio

Hery Paz, Tenor Saxophone
Simon Wilson, Acoustic Bass
Dor Herskovits, Drums 

Saturday, August 2 - 6:30pm - Mark Zaleski Band

Mark Zaleski, Alto Saxophone
Jon Bean, Tenor Saxophone
Glenn Zaleski, Piano
Mark Cocheo, Guitar
Danny Weller, Bass
Oscar Suchanek, Drums

Sunday, August 3 - 5:30pm - Tommy Holladay Trio

Tommy Holladay, Guitar
Greg Chaplin, Bass
Dan Nadeau, Drums

Tuesday, August 5 - 6:30pm - Robbie Pate Duo

Robert Pate, Vocals
Andres Abenante, Guitar

Wednesday, August 6 - 6:30pm - Caio Afiune Quartet

Caio Afiune, Guitar
Hery Paz, Tenor Saxophone
Simon Wilson, Acoustic Bass
Dor Herskovits, Drums

Thursday, August 7 - 6:30pm - Talk Listen Door

Leah Hennessy, Vocals, Ukelele, Keyboards
Borey Shin, Accordion
Daniel Pencer, Saxophone
Dave Cordes, Bass
Andy Fordyce, Drums

Friday, August 8 - 6:30pm - Colin Rosso Trio

Jose Soto, Piano
Matt Stavrakas, Bass
Colin Rosso, Drums

    Cast: Click image to read bio