• 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

Shakespeare and the Law: Measure for Measure

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

2017-2018 Season

See Calendar for matinee schedule


  • 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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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