• 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

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  • 04/05/2017

    Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II

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



Have any questions? Click here to read our frequently asked questions. 

CSC's Free Fun Friday sponsored by the

Highland Street Foundation

Friday, July 24




 Thanks to our Shakespeare On The Common sponsors and partners!




Have any questions? Click here to read our frequently asked questions. 

    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*