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HPL at Hartford Stage

Hartford Public Library and Hartford Stage have a partnership that makes free theater tickets available to Hartford residents who are Library cardholders, allows Neighborhood Ambassadors from Hartford neighborhoods to see live theater and bring others with them to shows, and creates a mini-library at the theater of show-related books that can be checked out with an HPL library card.

Theater tickets. Each of the seven branches of Hartford Public Library will have a two-ticket pass per eligible show. You must be a Hartford resident with an HPL adult or teen card to get a pass. Are you a resident but don't have a card? No problem! Come into any HPL location with an ID showing your Hartford address and we can get you one right away. Patrons can check on line to see where passes are available, but they must ask for them in person at any of the seven HPL locations.  Patrons must confirm the seats by calling Hartford Stage at 860-527-5151. Please wait at least one hour after reserving to call the box office.


Hartford Stage Presents A Christmas Carol

The magic of Charles Dickens’ heartwarming classic returns for its 21st season. Come see Connecticut’s favorite family holiday tradition and spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage.

Free Passes Available at Hartford Public Library: Hartford Public Library, in partnership with Hartford Stage, will be offering free passes to library patrons for A Christmas Carol. Due to the ticket demand for this show, guaranteed seating is limited, but standing room only seating tickets will also be available (see below).


Guaranteed Seating:

The following performance dates and times for A Christmas Carol have guaranteed seating for library pass users. When reserving your seats with the Hartford Stage box office, please indicate if you require accessible seating.

November 23 at 7:30 pm

November 24 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

November 25 at 2 pm

December 1 at 2 pm (Sensory Friendly Performance*)

December 26 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

December 27 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

December 28 at 7:30 pm

December 29 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm


Standing Room Only Seating

The following performance dates and times for A Christmas Carol are subject to Standing Room Only seating. In most instanc­es, Standing Room Only ticket holders are seated in available seats the night of the performance. However, in some instances, people with Standing Room Only tickets may need to stand for the duration of the performance. When you contact Hartford Stage to confirm your reservation, you will be notified of Standing Room Only status. At that time, please indicate if you require accessible seating, have limited mobility, or will be accompanied by a young child. Hartford Stage box office staff will do their best to accommodate you.

November 30 at 7:30 pm                  

December 1 at 7:30 pm

December 2 at 2:00 pm                     

December 7 at 7:30 pm

December 8 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm  

December 9 at 2 pm

December 13 at 7:30 pm                   

December 14 at 7:30 pm

December 15 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

December 16 at 2 pm

December 20 at 7:30 pm

December 21 at 7:30 pm

December 22 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

December 23 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

December 24 at 2 pm

Please note that A Christmas Carol is recommended for children ages 8 and older.  

If you are unable to use your reserved tickets, please contact the Hartford Stage Box Office at your earliest convenience (860-527-5151 or to have them released to another Hartford Library Pass User. For more information:

* The sensory friendly performance is specially designed for children and adults with sensory-input disorders, autism, or other developmental or cognitive disabilities, as well as their families and caretakers. We promise a judgment-free, fun experience for the entire family. All children must be accompanied by adult. All individuals, regardless of their sensory needs, are welcome to attend this performance and to take advantage of the adaptations that a sensory friendly performance provides. The experience will be different from a traditional performance; changes have been made to both the production and atmosphere in order to create a safe space for people with autism and other sensory-input disorders and their families.

PARKING NOTICE: The Church Street MAT garage has implemented a new parking pass system. You will no longer be able to present your ticket stub for $6.50 parking. Please purchase a parking voucher at the Hartford Stage Box Office.


Neighborhood Ambassadors

The ambassadors will meet for a casual dinner and conversation at Hartford Stage prior to attending a complimentary preview at each of the upcoming four shows this season. 

After seeing preview performances, Ambassadors can return with up to three other guests, Hartford residents ages 18 and older, and see the play again at no charge.  The goal is to invite new people from the community to join the Ambassador Program throughout the season. (Hartford Stage will select the performances for the return visits.)

Ambassadors and their guests will complete post show surveys about their play-going experience and give feedback on how the program could be improved.