Shakespeare on the Common presents Othello

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Othello, known as one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, is a captivating story about the fall of a charismatic Moorish general through the betrayal of one of his most trusted soldiers. Set against a backdrop of war, Othello is a powerful story about love and jealousy that focuses on the passions and personal lives of its major figures. Othello, with its intimate domestic setting, is widely regarded as the most moving of Shakespeare's great tragedies.

Othello will be performed July 28 - August 15 Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m., weather permitting. Performances take place outdoors at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common and are presented in partnership with the City of Boston and Mayor Menino. CSC productions have become a beloved civic institution and are expected to draw an estimated 100,000 people over 18 performances. All performances are free and open to the public of all ages.

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  • Event Category Theater, Fairs and Festivals
  • Event Cost Free
  • Event Ages All

Event Location

Boston Common

Bound by Tremont, Beacon, Charles, Park and Boylston Streets
Boston, MA 02111

(617) 357-8300