• 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

King Lear

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 22 - August 9, 2015

    King Lear

    • When:

      July 22 - August 9, 2015

    • Venue:

      Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

    • Need to know:

      Performance Schedule:

      *Tuesdays - Saturdays @ 8pm
      *Sundays @ 7pm
      *Matinee: Saturday, July 25th @ 3pm

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  • May 21 - May 30, 2015

    Romeo & Juliet

    • When:

      May 21 - May 30, 2015

    • Venue:

      The Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA

    • Need to know:

      Directions & Parking Information for The Strand Theatre

      Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission.

      Wheelchair Accessibility: Please note that there is no elevator access at the Strand Theatre, however wheelchair seating is available on the Mezzanine or Orchestra levels. 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.

      ASL Interpretation: There will be an ASL Interpreted performance on May 30 at 2pm. If you require seating in the ASL Interpreted viewing section, please see an usher the day of the performance and they will happy to show you and your guests to appropriate seating.

      This performance of Romeo & Juliet is part of our Shakespeare OFF the Common project, an innovative three-part arts program created in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events to foster community interaction, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town" program.

      Volunteer for Romeo & Juliet!

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Shakespeare at Fenway

September 19, 2014

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  • When:

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

  • Venue:

    Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA

  • Need to know:

    TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE, 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.

September 19, 2014, at 7:30 PM

Fenway Park

Free General Admission Seats Sold Out

All Star and MVP Tickets Still Available!


Click HERE to Purchase Tickets

Click HERE for FAQs


Commonwealth Shakespeare Company will kick off its 20th anniversary season on September 19, 2014, with a once-in-a-lifetime gift to the City of Boston — Shakespeare at Fenway. This is a first-ever event of this kind to be presented at a major league ballpark. 

Directed by CSC’s Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler, CSC will bring a starting line-up of local and national celebrities to the iconic ballpark for an evening of famous scenes from William Shakespeare’s plays.

The All-Star Cast Includes:

Mike O'Malley (Glee, Shameless
Seth Gilliam* (CSC’s Othello, The Wire)
Kerry O'Malley* (CSC's Twelfth NightThose Who Kill)
James Waterston* (CSC's OthelloDead Poets Society)
Peter Cambor* (CSC's Two Gentleman of Verona, NCIS: LA)
Jason Butler Harner* (CSC's Romeo and Juliet, Non-Stop, The Blacklist)
Zuzanna Szadkowski* (The KnicksGirlsGossip Girl)
Christian Coulson* (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Hours)
Bianca Amato* (Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia)
Max von Essen* (Evita, An American in Paris)
Larry Coen* (CSC's Two Gentleman of Verona and All’s Well That Ends Well)
Will Lebow* (Act One, CSC's All's Well That Ends Well)
Paul Melendy* (CSC's As You Like ItIt's A Horrible Life)
Marianna Bassham* (CSC's Twelfth Night and Othello)
Rupak Ginn* (Royal Pains, CSC's Henry V
Kersti Bryan* (CSC's All's Well That Ends Well)
Rick Park* (CSC's Two Gentleman of Verona)
Jenna Augen* (CSC's Two Gentleman of Verona)
Jay O. Sanders* (CSC's Macbeth, Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
Maryann Plunkett* (House of Cards, Law & Order)
*Members of Actors' Equity Association

"All Star" tickets grant preferred seating and cost $35 each. A limited number of special "MVP" tickets, featuring priority seating and access to an exclusive post-performance reception with the cast, support the next 20 years of CSC’s service to the community and are currently available for $125 each. 

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE BUT GOING FAST 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.

Questions? Please see our Shakespeare at Fenway Frequently Asked Questions. If you do not see the answer you need, please call 617-426-0863 or email info@commshakes.org.

Generous event support has been provided to Commonwealth Shakespeare Company by

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    Cast: Click image to read bio

  • Kerry O'Malley

  • Mike O'Malley

  • Peter Cambor

  • Larry Coen

  • Marianna Bassham

  • Kersti Bryan*

  • Will LeBow*

  • James Waterston

  • Zuzanna Szadkowski

  • Christian Coulson

  • Bianca Amato

  • Max von Essen

  • Rupak Ginn

  • Jenna Augen

  • Rick Park*

  • Paul Melendy

  • Seth Gilliam

  • Jay O. Sanders

  • Maryann Plunkett

  • Jason Butler Harner