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Shakespeare on the Common 2017: Romeo & Juliet

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Official Website:Shakespeare on the Common 2017: Romeo & Juliet
Venue:Boston Common
Location:Boston Common, Boston, MA, 02116
Dates:Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from 7/19/17 - 8/6/17
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Cost:Free see below
Category:Theater & Shows

Shakespeare on the Common 2017: Romeo & JulietTwenty years after Commonwealth Shakespeare Company first performed free Shakespeare on Boston Common, it’s returning to that inaugural play, Romeo & Juliet. Running from July 19 till Aug. 6 next to the Parkman Bandstand, the tale of star-crossed young lovers will be directed by up-and-comer Allegra Libonati.

One of Greater Boston's most beloved traditions, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Free Shakespeare On the Common takes up residence once again with Shakespeare’s drama of doomed teenage love, Romeo & Juliet.

The Capulet and Montague families have been engaged in a multi-generational feud, causing much distress and havoc in the city of Verona; but when young Romeo, son of the Montagues', meets Juliet, the daughter of the Capulets', their immediate love blossoms and accepts no barriers, with tragic results.

Performances are free and open to the public, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 pm; Sundays, 7 pm; and a matinee on Saturday, August 5; 3 pm.

To reserve “Friends Section” chairs ($60-$75 donation per chair) or for more information visit www.commshakes.org or call (617) 426-0863. For Weather updates on performance nights, call the CSC weather hotline, (781) 239-5972.


Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8pm
Sundays, 7pm
Matinee on Saturday, August 5; 3 pm


Free and open to the public. Reserving a chair in the newly renamed “Friends Section” is now a benefit of supporting the CSC Fund, which with grants and sponsorships makes Free Shakespeare on the Common possible. For a donation of $60-$70, the donor will receive one reserved chair in the CSC Friends Section for a performance this summer on the Boston Common and other benefits, including a discount on additional chairs. For more information visit our Friends Section page: http://commshakes.org/support-us/friends-section


Boston Common, Boston, MA, 02116 map

Performances take place at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common, across from the AMC Loews Boston Common Movie Theater on Tremont Street. If you are traveling via the MBTA, there are several stations located within steps of the Boston Common: Green Line (Boylston or Park Street T stops), Orange Line (Downtown Crossing or Chinatown T stops) or the Red Line (Park Street or Downtown Crossing T stops).

Parking is available in the Boston Common Garage. Be sure to pick up a discount coupon from one of the tents or from one of the ushers. These coupons, provided by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, extend a discount to our patrons and also direct funds to CSC. For more information visit the MCCA's website (http://massconvention.com/about-us/boston-common-garage).


  • Romeo & Juliet can be easily viewed by several thousand people, but the closest seats are often taken early in the evening, so we recommend arriving early if you wish to be very close to the stage.

  • Shows are cancelled in cases of heavy rain or lightning storms, so audiences can check-in with the Weather Hotline (617-426-0863 ext. 7) 1 or 2 hours before the show for cancellation announcements.

  • If you have accessibility questions, check out our Accessibility page (http://commshakes.org/about/accessibility) or contact Audience Services Manager Stephen Reinstein at [email protected]
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