• 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

2014 Apprentice Showcase: Much Ado About Nothing

August 8, 9, 10

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  • 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.

2014 Apprentice Showcase

Much Ado About Nothing

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's 2014 Apprentice Company consists of 24 pre-professional actors from across the country studying in residence at Wellesley, MA. Join them for this summer's showcase production of William Shakespeare's beloved romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Clay HopperMuch Ado follows the triumphs and struggles along the road to love. Beatrice and Benedict, two self-proclaimed singles "too wise to woo" are tricked into courtship by their mischief making friends despite their own better judgments and sharp-witted tongues. Meanwhile, a jealous plot of mistaken identity threatens to pull apart the love-struck Hero and Claudio. A whirlwind of potential heartache and great humor ensues as the residents of Messina rally around the young lovers to put all the pieces back together.


Artistic and Production Team:
Direction: Clay Hopper
Production Management: Renee E. Yancey
Scenic Design: Cristina Todesco*
Stage Management: Emily Millman
Costume Design: Elonna Bettini
Lighting and Sound Design: David H. Silber
Assistant Direction: Allison Ciuci
Design Assistant: Ghazal Hassani
Set Construction: Alix Strasnick
Apprentice Choreographer: Sophie Dushko
Apprentice Fight Choreographer: Simon Kiser
Marketing: Beth Peters
Song Composition: Jordan Cohen, Chet Robert Davino, Simon Kiser and Kyle Walton 
*member of United Scenic Artists
2014 Apprentice Staff:
Academy Director: Adam Sanders
Academy Assistant Director: Victoria Townsend
Movement Teacher: Yo-el Cassell
Voice Teacher: Paul D'Agostino
Combat Instructor: Angie Jepson 

Performance Information:

Friday, August 8th: 7:30PM: Babson College, Carling-Sorenson Theater at the Sorenson Center for the Arts; 19 Babson College Dr, Wellesley, MA 02482**

**FREE Parking is available at this venue in Trim Lot. Please click here for a campus map. 

Click the button below for reservations for this performance (Encouraged but not required). Performance made possible by Babson College:

Eventbrite - CSC's Apprentice Program Showcase at Babson College | Much Ado About Nothing


Saturday, August 9th: 2:00PM: The Modern Theater; 525 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

Click the button below for reservations for this performance (Encouraged but not required). Performance made possible by Suffolk University:

Eventbrite - CSC's Apprentice Program Showcase at Suffolk University | Much Ado About Nothing


Sunday, August 10th: 8:00PM: Hyde Playground at the Hyde Community Center; 90 Lincoln St, Newton, MA 02461

This is an outdoor venue, picnic blankets and chairs are encouraged. NO reservations necessary for this performance. Performance made possible by the Newton Hyde Center.


Questions: Please contact apprentice@commshakes.org


    Cast: Click image to read bio

  • Alexis Amarante

  • Mitchell Buckley

  • Caroline Casey

  • Allison Ciuci

  • Jordan Cohen

  • Mae Cutrona

  • Chet Robert Davino

  • Rebecca Dickinson

  • Sophie Dushko

  • Andy Jimenez

  • Katherine Kelley

  • Simon Kiser

  • Sari Koppel

  • Griffin Kulp

  • Emma Larsen

  • Devin McCall

  • Courtney McLaren

  • Marielle O'Malley

  • Edmund Oribhabor

  • Kyle W. Porter

  • Meredith Powell

  • Katie Sweeney

  • Geoff Van Wyck

  • Kyle Walton