• Shakespeare on the Common

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    781-239-5972

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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

Art, by Yasmina Reza

See Calendar for matinee schedule

The CSC Fund

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Bringing Shakespeare to the People

Don’t you want to live in a city where everyone – regardless of age, ethnicity, and economic background – has the opportunity to enjoy high-quality theatre? In 1996, Artistic Director Steven Maler founded Commonwealth Shakespeare Company because he believed that everyone should have access to the arts.

Steven Maler waving to the crowd at Shakespeare on the Common 

Photo by Melissa Williamson

Take a Leading Role

In Shakespeare’s day everyone went to the theater – from the “groundlings” to the nobility. CSC exists to return Shakespeare to its populist roots. Over three weeks each summer, CSC brings together nearly 100,000 people – from inner-city students to CEOs – in the country’s oldest park to enjoy free, first-class performances of Shakespeare’s works. By blowing the walls off the theatre and eliminating the financial barriers to entry, CSC has shared the magic of live theatre with more than one million people.


When you support the CSC Fund, you take a leading role in keeping Shakespeare on the Common free and accessible to all. You help us give the gift of live theatre to the city of Boston. You bring the joy of performance into students’ lives by allowing CSC to explore Shakespeare’s works with them in innovative and creative ways.

Earn a Standing Ovation

By donating to the CSC Fund, you connect to a community of civic-minded theatre enthusiasts dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to Shakespeare’s plays. Your generosity will be recognized with a standing ovation – exclusive benefits such as special discounts, preferred seating, and distinctive events. For more information, review the list of CSC Fund giving levels and benefitsJoin us, and  experience the thrill of watching Shakespeare under the stars with 5,000 new friends. 

Give now, and become a part of the CSC story!

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There are a number of ways to contribute to the CSC Fund:

  • Donate with a credit card online through JustGive (click here);

  • Mail a check payable to Commonwealth Shakespeare Company to:

                         Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
                         at Babson College
                         231 Forest Street, Sorenson Center
                         Babson Park, MA 02457-0310

  • Call the CSC Development Office at 617.426.0863 to make a gift with your credit card; or

  • Make a gift of stock by calling the CSC Development Office at 781.239.5975 for transfer instructions.

 To read more about the CSC Fund giving levels and benefits, click here.

Thank you for your support!