At a minimum, bring a blanket to sit on. The elevated, well-lit stage is at the bottom of a gentle slope, so you will be able to see well from wherever you’re sitting. Some people also bring low folding chairs.
Mosquito repellent is always a good idea, and you should also bring an umbrella if there is any chance of rain. If you think the ground might be damp – perhaps from a shower earlier in the day – bring a lightweight tarp (or a couple of large plastic garbage bags) if you’re planning to spread a blanket on the ground.
A light sweater or jacket can be welcome even on muggy nights, which can turn cooler than you might expect, especially if there’s a breeze.
The area closest to the stage begins to fill up about 2 hours before the performance.
However, the slightly sloping ground as well as the lighting and sound systems make it easy for you to see and hear what’s going on even if you’re sitting far from the stage, so this is one time when you don’t need to worry about getting a “good” spot.
Lots of people bring picnic dinners, and along with something cold and refreshing to drink. But if you don’t have time to pack a dinner, don’t worry. Stop by Earl of Sandwich (shown in photo) for casual fare. Other food vendors and food trucks will be nearby during many performances.
Alternately, stop by one of Boston’s wine bars or have dinner before the performance at one of the terrific Theatre District restaurants just a block or two away, Chinatown restaurants two or three blocks away, or stop by a local Boston nightlife spot after the performance for a perfect summer evening.
Essentials: Shakespeare on the Common
Location: Near the Parkman Bandstand and ball field on Boston Common. The Bandstand is behind Frog Pond, near the center of the Common.
Dates and times: Usually July and August – check Boston Events Calendar for July for exact dates and times
Rain: The show will be cancelled if there is lightening or heavy rain
For more information: Shakespeare on the Common website
Nearest T station: Green and Red Lines/Park Street, or Green Line/Boylston
Parking: Boston Common Garage, entrance on Charles Street between Boston Common and the Public Garden.
Stay: Downtown Boston Hotels
Boston Insider Tips
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in Boston parks. However, you may notice a number of discrete thermoses and other beverage containers among the rather mellow crowd.
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