• 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

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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  • November 13, 2017

    Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

    • When:

      Monday, November 13, 2017 7pm 2 hours

    • Venue:

      Carling Sorenson Theater, Babson College

    • Need to know:

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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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King Lear

July 22 - August 9, 2015

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By William Shakespeare

Directed by Steven Maler

Featuring Will Lyman as Lear

July 22 - August 9, 2015

FREE and Open to the Public

For our 20th season production of Free Shakespeare on the Common, CSC is pleased to present King Lear for the very first time. King Lear follows the journey of an aging king, faced with his own mortality and mental decline, who tries to secure the legacy of his kingdom by dividing it amongst his three daughters. Only through loss—of status, of love, of loyalty—does King Lear learn what is truly resonant at the end of a life.

“King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s monumental plays,” says Steven Maler, CSC's Founding Artistic Director. “There’s good reason I’ve waited 20 years to take it on. As with the greatest of Shakespeare’s history plays, Lear blends the political and the personal, interweaving a country’s destiny with the very human frailties of those charged with shepherding its future. The play reveals what it means to be human--our responsibilities to ourselves, our family and our fellow human beings--as well as true loyalty and loyalty as pretense for deceit, and the struggles in times of succession and transition that are as resonant today as they were four hundred years ago.”

Will Lyman says, “Of course, in my fantasies, I hope this will be the best evening of Shakespeare anyone has ever seen; the one that makes people say, 'I finally understand why everybody says Shakespeare was such a great playwright.' In truth, I just hope that this will be a theatre experience that speaks honestly about who we are, and about the difficulties and joys of our human experience.”

Friends Section Chairs are available. Learn more or reserve your chairs now!



Jerry Goodwin

Doctor/Old Man

Brandon G. Green


Ed Hoopman*


Jeanine Kane*

Jeremiah Kissel*


Earl of Kent

Will Lyman*

King Lear

Deb Martin*


Libby McKnight


Maurice Emmanuel Parent*     

Duke of Cornwall

Mickey Solis*


Mark W. Soucy

Duke of Albany

Fred Sullivan, Jr*


Brandon Whitehead*


*Member of Actors' Equity Association



Steven Maler


Katherine O'Neill

Costume Designer

Peter West**

Lighting Designer

Colin Thurmond

Gabriel Prokofiev

Kevin Schlagle*

Jeremiah Mullane

Sound Designer

Music Compositions

Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

Yo-el Cassell

Choreography & Movement

Jeremy Browne

Fight Choreography 

Christopher Martel      

Assistant Director

Theona White

Assistant Costume Designer

Evan DelGaudio

Assistant Lighting Designer

Bori Yoon

Assistant Scenic Designer

**Member of United Scenic Artists

Plus, the company of CSC2: Avery Bargar, Sophia Blum, Matt Giampietro, Charlotte Kinder, Kelsey Lidsky, Brennan Lowry, Chris Olmsted, Marc Pierre, Eliott Purcell, Arisael Rivera, Jacob Rosenbaum, and Addison Williams



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CSC's Free Fun Friday sponsored by the

Highland Street Foundation

Friday, July 24




 Thanks to our Shakespeare On The Common sponsors and partners!




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    Cast: Click image to read bio

  • Will Lyman*

  • Jerry Goodwin

  • Maurice Parent*

  • Fred Sullivan, Jr.*

  • Ed Hoopman*

  • Mark W. Soucy

  • Brandon Whitehead*

  • Libby McKnight

  • Brandon G. Green*

  • Deb Martin*

  • Mickey Solis

  • Jeremiah Kissel*

  • Jeanine Kane*