• 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

See Calendar for matinee schedule


  • July 19 - August 6, 2017

    Romeo & Juliet

    • When:

      Tuesday – Saturday performances at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm (Off Mondays). There will be one 3pm matinee performance on Saturday, August 5.

    • Venue:

      Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

    • Need to know:

      For Weather updates on performance nights, call the CSC weather hotline, (781) 239-5972.

      We are proud to be a part of The Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Friday Program! 
      Join us on Friday, August 4 from 6:30pm-7pm for a family-friendly demonstration on how actors safely create the illusion of realistic stage combat.  This session is appropriate for all ages.
      Parking: Parking is available in the Boston Common Garage.  Be sure to pick up a discount coupon from one of the CSC tents or from an usher to receive $1 off your parking.  These coupons are provided by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA). CSC receives $2 from the MCCA each time a coupon is used.


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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