• 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

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

2017-2018 Season

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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

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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

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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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Romeo & Juliet

May 21 - May 30, 2015

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  • When:

    May 21 - May 30, 2015

  • Venue:

    The Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA

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    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!


Directed by Adam Sanders

Featuring the Cast of CSC2*


Verona is a city marked by a violent feud between two rival families: the Montagues and the Capulets. As the bloodshed rises to its peak, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet share a forbidden love that might have the power to end their two families' strife.  


Friday, May 29 at 7:30pm

Saturday, May 30 at 2:00pm*

*ASL Interpreted performance

Student Matinees: May 21-29

General Admission Seating

Tickets Just $5

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Join us before the show on Saturday, May 30 from 12-1:30pm for a special pre-show Open House with Director Adam Sanders and members of the creative team. 


Avery Bargar (Lord Montague/Friar John)

Sophia Blum (Lady Capulet)

Matt Giampietro (Tybalt/Apothecary)

Charlotte Kinder (Juliet)

Kelsey Lidsky (Nurse/Prince)

Brennan Lowery (Lord Capulet)

Chris Olmsted (Peter)

Marc Pierre (Benvolio)

Eliott Purcell (Romeo)

Arisael Rivera (Friar Lawrence)

Jacob Rosenbaum (Paris/Samson)

Addison Williams (Mercutio/Apothecary)


Adam Sanders (Director)

Brynna Bloomfield (Scenic Design)

Corey Umlauf (Assistant Scenic Design)

Yo-el Cassell (Movement Direction)

Brendan Conroy (Props Design)

Nile Hawver (Fight Choreography)

Scott Pinkney (Lighting Design)

Brooke Stanton (Costume Design)

Colin Thurmond (Sound Design)

Victoria Townsend (Assistant Director)

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*About the Company: CSC2 a company of early-career actors that works with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on an extended basis.  The ensemble consists of twelve non-equity, early-career actors with varying levels of professional experience.  CSC2 works both as a cohort, learning from a diverse cast of their peers, and also alongside CSC’s professional company in a variety of productions, including this summer's Free Shakespeare on the Common production of King Lear.

About the Theater: The Strand Theatre's mission is to serve as a cultural and educational resource to artists and audiences regardless of race or cultural background, age, ability, gender, economic level, or sexual orientation. Central to the Strand's mission is the development and implementation of youth arts educations programs. The Strand Theatre has a special commitment to the surrounding communities of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan, and is owned and operated by the City of Boston.


    Cast: Click image to read bio

  • Addison Williams

  • Brennan Lowery

  • Kelsey Lidsky

  • Eliott Purcell

  • Chris Olmsted

  • Matt Giampietro

  • Jacob Rosenbaum

  • Charlotte Kinder

  • Avery Bargar

  • Arisael Rivera

  • Marc Pierre

  • Sophia Blum