• Much Ado About Nothing

    We are thrilled to announce that our summer 2022 production of Free Shakespeare on the Common will be Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian!

    Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s most popular and frequently performed plays. The plot revolves around two couples — witty Beatrice and Benedick, who publicly proclaim their disdain for each other but fall madly in love; and naïve Hero and Claudio, who fall quickly in love only to be thwarted and then reunited (in both cases, with a bit of help from their friends). But it’s more than just a comedic romp. The play tackles serious themes too: trust and betrayal, power and privilege, gendered expectations around chastity and violence. This is a comedy entangled with a tragedy, where love and justice nevertheless manage to prevail with vigorous joy — a perfect play for our uncertain times.

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  • Friends Section Chairs on the Common

    Friends Section Chairs 2022 Friends Section Reservations for Much Ado About Nothing are available here: ABOUT THE FRIENDS SECTION Every summer since 1996 Commonwealth Shakespeare Company has provided Free Shakespeare on the Common, welcoming over 1 million people to… Read More

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  • 2021 Year in Review

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PlayOn@CSC

PlayOn@CSC comprises two series of programs that feature actor performances, live conversations, film screenings, and much more, giving you a unique behind-the-scenes look at how productions are put together, how actors bring their characters to life, and how filmmakers have used Shakespeare’s stories as a springboard to realize their own visions. We hope you’ll join us!

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