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Livestream set for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Tempest’

Script-in-hand performance to take place on YouTube on Aug. 6

John Douglas Thompson will play Prospero in the livestreamed, script-in-hand production of "The Tempest."
John Douglas Thompson will play Prospero in the livestreamed, script-in-hand production of "The Tempest."Steven G. Smith for The Boston Globe

While it will lack the open-air atmosphere that helps make Free Shakespeare on the Common productions special, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company has found a way to present “The Tempest” this summer after all.

That way involves — what else? — a livestream.

CSC announced Thursday that the cast that had been scheduled to perform “The Tempest” on Boston Common this summer before COVID-19 intervened — including John Douglas Thompson as the island sorcerer Prospero — will deliver a script-in-hand performance on Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. on CSC’s YouTube channel. That channel can be accessed via www.commshakes.org.

Though the performance will be free, there is a “suggested donation” of $20 to benefit next year’s rescheduled CSC production of “The Tempest” on the Common.

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