Henry IV, Part 1


The First Part of King Henry IV uncovers mounting tensions and tests of loyalty to King Henry’s crown–seen by some as stolen from his predecessor, King Richard II. As factions turn against the king, the country’s turmoil causes the young, slacker Prince Henry (and friends) to step up in defense of his father’s kingdom. Shakespeare’s famed history play asks us, “What will we do in times of political crisis? Play dead or fight back?”

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Bryn Boice
Featuring Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Apprentice Program
for pre-professional actors

Settle in for our very own version of Shakespeare in the park, Shakespeare on the lawn! Everyone is invited to bring their own seating, dinner, and snacks (no alcohol is permitted). The performance will start at 6:30 PM.

Updated 7/27/17: Due to the weather, this performance will be held in Hunneman Hall instead of on the lawn. 


The CSC Apprentice Program is an intensive summer training program for young actors who are actively pursuing a career in theatre. This eight week training runs concurrently with CSC’s signature event, Shakespeare on the Common, founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Steve Maler’s vision that Shakespeare “belongs and should be accessible to everyone.”

The apprenticeship offers a robust Shakespearean performance focus through professionally directed productions held in and around Boston. CSC faculty support the work in the rehearsal room through classes in voice, movement and text analysis. At the beginning of the program, we work with each apprentices to identify personal goals and track these goals together with faculty and staff throughout the summer. Apprentices will also bring their work and enthusiasm to audience engagement work on The Boston Common, where they are an integral part of our show’s success.

This event is part of our Spring in to Summer with Shakespeare series!

All the library’s a stage!  April is the Bard’s birthday month, and the Brookline Public Library is celebrating with a host of presentations, interactive performances, and films.  The kickoff event, on April 2 at 1 PM, is an interactive show in the Brookline Village Library by the Knighthorse Theatre Company—with plays suggested by the audience and roles for the entire family.  Subsequent events include scenes from Julius Caesar offered by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (April 25), the Boston Theater Company Teen Touring Troupe’s interpretation of Much Ado about Nothing (May 7) and, later in the spring and summer, several films and two Commonwealth Shakespeare Company performances held on the Brookline Village library lawn! Please follow the links for further details.  All events are free and open to the public, and are supported by the Staff Programming Committee and the Trustees of the Brookline Library.

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This event finished on 28 July 2017


Brookline Village - Outside Lawn
361 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445, United States


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