• 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

Stage2 Series: Julius Caesar

Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II

Our American Hamlet

Beckett In Brief

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 - August, 2017

    Romeo & Juliet

    • When:

      July - August, 2017 (Exact performance schedule announced in Spring 2017)

    • Venue:

      Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

    • Need to know:

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  • March 23-April 2

    Our American Hamlet

    • When:

      March 23 - April 2, 2017

    • Venue:

      Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

    • Need to know:

      Wednesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M.
      Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M.

      Runtime: 90 minutes

      Tickets: $25-$60

      March 23 performance is pay-what-you can with a minimum of $10 per ticket. Seating locations will be based on availability.

      Students with a valid student ID may purchase in advance for $15 per ticket for any performance.  Tickets will be located in the balcony. 

      Groups with 10 or more attendees will receive a 20% discount off the first two price levels (not applicable for the $25 seats).  A deposit will be due for half of the total cost upon booking and the remainder will be due one week before the performance.  Call 781-239-5682.

      Seniors 60+ receive $4 off the ticket price for the first two price levels (not applicable for the $25 seats).  


      Scenic Design:
      Julia Noulin-Merat

      Lighting Design:
      Brian Lilienthal

      Sound Designer:
      David Remedios

      Costume Design:
      Nancy Leary

      Nile Hawver

      Properties Designer:
      Lisa Berg

      Assistant Director:
      Leah Carnow

      Stage Manager:
      Jenna Worden

      Assistant Stage Manager:
      Rachel Corning

      Fight Captain:
      Kelby Akin

      Assistant Sound Designer:
      Isaias Pedreros







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  • May 8-16, 2017

    Stage2 Series: Julius Caesar

    • When:

      May 8-16, 2017 90 minutes

    • Venue:

      Babson College's Sorenson Center for the Arts

    • Need to know:

      Recommended for grades 6 and up.

      Directions & Parking Information for the Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

      Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission.

      Wheelchair Accessibility: Wheelchair seating is available at the Sorenson Center for the Arts. When purchasing tickets, please indicate your needs for wheelchair accessible seating and House Management staff will be happy to reserve appropriate seating for you and your guests.

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  • April 27–30 and May 3–7

    Beckett In Brief

    • When:

      April 27–30 and May 3–7

    • Venue:

      Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

    • Need to know:

      Wednesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M.
      Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M.
      NOTE: There is no 3pm performance on Saturday, April 29

      General Admission $40
      April 27 (only) is pay-what-you-can

      Scenic Design:
      James Fenton

      Sound Design:
      Elizabeth Callas

      Costume Design:
      Chelsea Kerl

      Lighting Design:
      Alexander Fetchko
      Lisa Berg

      Stage Manager:
      Greg Nash
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  • 04/05/2017

    Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II

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