Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company is proud to present the Fifteenth Anniversary of the Free Theatre in Parks program. This year’s production of MEASURE FOR MEASURE by William Shakespeare, will reach over 2,500 audience members in 12 communities throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.

The city is adrift in moral decay. The Duke decides to go undercover as a holy man, leaving his holier than thou deputy, Angelo, in charge to harshly enforce the strict morality laws of the city. Angelo begins his rule by making an example of Claudio, sentencing him to death for getting his fiancé with child. Claudio’s sister Isabella, a young novitiate, pleads for his life. Hypocritically, Angelo agrees to spare Claudio but at great cost to Isabella. She has an impossible choice to make. Give up her innocence or give up her brother for execution.  

In Shakespeare's bawdy and witty, dark comedy, questions of mercy, justice, corruption of power, and religious hypocrisy are explored in a thrilling story line seemingly made for today. What are the human consequences of power in the wrong hands? How can the scales of justice and mercy be leveled fairly and humanely? Join us in exploring the questions that lay at the passionate heart of William Shakespeare's timeless and timely work.

**Parental Discretion Advised: While we are sensitive to the family nature of outdoor performance and welcome all ages, CCTC is not a children's theatre company. Shakespeare's play deals with mature subject matter that you may not consider appropriate for your younger children. 


measure for measure performance schedule:

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019: 20th Century Club, Lansdowne, PA - 7pm curtain

Thursday, July 11th, 2019: McMichael Park, East Falls, Philadelphia, PA - 7pm curtain (RAIN OR SHINE, rain location at the Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts)

Friday, July 12th, 2019: The Mill at Anselma (NEW LOCATION!), West Pikeland, PA - 7pm curtain (RAIN DATE: Friday, July 19th)

Saturday, July 13th, 2019: Harrowgate Park, Philadelphia, PA - 6pm curtain (subject to change, indoor rain location TBD)

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019: Brookhaven Municipal Lawn, Brookhaven, PA - 7pm curtain (RAIN OR SHINE*)

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019: East Goshen Township Park, East Goshen, PA - 6:30pm curtain (rain date TBA)

Thursday, July 18th, 2019: Green Lane Park, Green Lane, PA - 6:30pm curtain (rain date TBA)

Saturday, July 20th, 2019: West Goshen Community Park, West Goshen, PA - 7pm curtain (RAIN DATE: Sunday, July 21st)

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019: Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA - 6:30pm curtain (RAIN OR SHINE*)

Thursday, July 25th, 2019: White’s Road Amphitheater, Lansdale, PA - 7:30pm curtain (RAIN DATE: Sunday, July 28th)

Friday, July 26th, 2019: Everhart Park, West Chester, PA - 7pm curtain (rain date TBA)

  • - Unless otherwise noted, all performances labeled “RAIN OR SHINE” have an indoor rain location within walking distance of the outdoor venue.