• Shakespeare on the Common

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    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

Shakespeare and the Law: Measure for Measure

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

2017-2018 Season

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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Free Fun Friday

August 1, 2014

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  • When:

    Friday, August 1, 2014 5:00pm

  • Venue:

    Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

  • Need to know:

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s


Friday, August 1, 2014

Beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

FREE and Open to the Public


Thanks to the generous support of the Highland Street Foundation, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is proud to present its annual FREE FUN FRIDAY!  CSC is one of 67 venues participating in Highland Street’s Free Fun Fridays program!  Come enjoy an evening full of family-friendly theatre games and activities at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common. 

Free Fun Friday also includes a performance of A Kidsummer Night Dream presented by City Stage, the Greenshow* performed by the CSC Apprentice Company, a stage combat demonstration** run by Angie Jepson, a performance of Twelfth Night, CSC's 19th season of Free Shakespeare on the Common and much more! A complete schedule of CSC’s Free Fun Friday will be available soon. 

*The Greenshow features actors from its Apprentice Program, CSC’s actor training program for emerging young theater artists.  This performance runs approximately 30 minutes, is fun, lively, and appropriate for the whole family: a great way to learn more about Twelfth Night

**The Stage Combat Demonstration will be run by CSC stage combat instructor and actress Angie Jepson.  This demonstration will feature the CSC Apprentice Program class of 2014 performing pieces based on dagger and rapier combat.  The program will last approximately 25 minutes with a Q&A and smaller breakout demonstrations. 


To see a complete schedule of this summer’s #FreeFunFridays,

please visit Highlandstreet.org or contact (617)969.8900.


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