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Venue:Boston Common
Dates:Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from 7/19/23 - 8/6/23
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Outdoor
Cost:Free see below
Category:Theater & Shows

free shakespeare on the common 2023 macbeth photoOne of Greater Boston's most beloved traditions, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's “Free Shakespeare On The Common” continues it's seasonal tradition for the 26th year with William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'.

Join us under the stars July 19 - August 6.

About Shakespeare's 'MacBeth'
Amid intense civil strife and a decaying social fabric — an insurrection takes hold. In Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, an unexpected prophecy sends Macbeth (Faran Tahir) on a fervent and murderous quest to become the new King of Scotland. A timeless story of ambition versus loyalty and a mainstay of Shakespeare’s canon, our production of

Macbeth will be directed by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s visionary Founding Artistic Director, Steven Maler, and performed for FREE in the heart of Boston at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common.

A mainstay of the Shakespeare canon, our production of Macbeth will be directed by CSC Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler.

Performances will begin on The Boston Common on Wednesday, July 19 at 8PM (with press opening on Wednesday, July 26 at 8PM) and end on Sunday, August 6.

2023 Schedule
- Performances are FREE of charge.
- Advanced registration is not required for this summer’s production.
- Audience members are permitted to bring modest food items to consume at the show. Alcohol is not permitted on the Boston Common.
- Audience members can bring their own blankets or chairs, or can rent chairs online in advance or on-site for $10 Cash and $12 Credit.
- Reserved premium seating in our Friends Section is available now! Check out our Friends Section page for more information or click the button below to reserve yours today!

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our team at [email protected] or call our Box Office at 617-362-7485.

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

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HOURS↑ top

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 8:00 PM
Thursday, July 20, 2023 at 8:00 PM
Friday, July 21, 2023 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, July 23, 2023 at 8:00 PMTuesday, July 25, 2023 at 8:00 PM

Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at 8:00 PM
Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 8:00 PM
Friday, July 28, 2023 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, July 29, 2023 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, July 30, 2023 at 8:00 PM

Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at 8:00 PM
Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 8:00 PM
Thursday, August 3, 2023 at 8:00 PM
Friday, August 4, 2023 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, August 5, 2023 at 6:00 PM
Sunday, August 6, 2023 at 8:00 PM

Augmented Performances
Audio Description and ASL Interpretation: Saturday, July 29, 2023 at 8:00 PM
ASL Interpretation: Friday, August 4, 2023 at 8:00 PM

Rain Date for Audio Description and ASL Interpretation: Sunday, August 6, 2023 at 8:00 PM


COST↑ top

Free and open to the public.

WEBSITE↑ top

commshakes.org/macbeth

LOCATION↑ top

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).

TIPS↑ top

  • 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 the Accessibility page
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