• 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

Shakespeare and the Law: Measure for Measure

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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Bard at the Bar

August 7, 2014

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  • When:

    Thursday, August 7, 2014 5:30 p.m.

  • Venue:

    Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

  • Need to know:

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s
Bard at the Bar
Thursday, August 7, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

This event is SOLD OUT.

Under 40 and looking for a fun, inexpensive way to spend a summer evening in the city?  CSC invites all Boston-area young professionals to Bard at the Bar on Thursday, August 7.  Join us at 5:30 p.m. for networking, Shakespeare trivia, light bites, and a cash bar at Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale.

At 7:15 p.m., we will walk to Boston Common as a group to watch CSC's Free Shakespeare on the Common production of the comedy Twelfth Night. Bring your own picnic blanket or take advantage of *special seating offers available to Bard at the Bar attendees.


*Special offer for Bard at the Bar attendees!

You can support FREE Shakepeare on the Common by reserving a chair ahead of time, near the stage, in the Friends Section for the discounted price of $35 (usually $50).  Attendees are also welcome to reserve a complimentary rental chair onsite (usually $5), to watch the show from anywhere on the Common.

    Cast: Click image to read bio