• 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


  • 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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A Common Access Initiative - Accessibility at CSC

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is committed to providing equal access to Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common through its access and inclusion program, A Common Access Initiative, funded by the Liberty Mutual Foundation. This summer’s production of Twelfth Night (July 23-August 10) will feature on-site accessibility services to patrons with mobility impairments, those who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Blind and Visually Impaired individuals. The staff at CSC is committed to serving all patrons regardless of ability or disability.  

Our Services

-American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performances
-Audio Described Performance
-Sound Enhancement Devices Available
-Braille and Large-Type Programs Available
-Accessible Seating reserved in several free seating locations around the Boston Common
-Accessible Seating available in CSC’s newly-renamed Friends Section for a minimum donation of $50 

Our Partners

This season, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company has partnered with several individuals and organizations to enhance the reach of A Common Access Initiative Accessibility and Inclusion planning, staff training, on-site patron services, and tactile tours will be provided by The Accessible Theatre, a new organization dedicated to increasing access and inclusion in Boston’s arts organizations. ASL interpretation coordinated by Christopher Robinson of Boston University with ASL Coach Sabrina Dennison.  Audio Description will be provided by Alice Austin. Braille programs will be produced by Perkins School for the Blind, where Commonwealth Shakespeare Company also provides theatre education.

CSC seeks to partner with additional community organizations to make Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common more easily accessible.For special accommodations or information for your organization, please contact Access Consultant Beth Peters at bpeters@commshakes.org.   

Accessible Performances

Audio Description Date 
With Alice Austin - Sunday, 7/27, at 7pm (Rain Date 8/3)

American Sign Language Interpreted Dates
With Christopher Robinson and Sabrina Dennison - Sunday, 8/3, at 7pm & Friday, 8/8, at 8pm (Rain Date 8/9)


Liberty Mutual