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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 Cancels All Remaining Performances of Jane Eyre and Run of The King’s Speech in Response to COVID-19


HARTFORD, CT — March 12, 2020 — Based on recommendations from state and local government in response to the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19, Hartford Stage is canceling all remaining performances of Jane Eyre (March 12-14) and the run of The King’s Speech, scheduled for March 19 through April 19. 

 “The safety and health of our community, visiting artists, staff and volunteers always remains our first priority at Hartford Stage,” Managing Director Cynthia Rider said. “We know that communities are in need of our solidarity and support in these times and want to encourage neighbors and patrons to meet this crisis with compassion and care rather than fear and division.”


2019-2020 Season Line-up Announced

Hartford Stage will be presenting seven plays for the 2019-2020 season. Hartford Public Library will have free tickets available at all branches. 

Quixote Nuevo: Sept. 19 – Oct. 13 (Tickets available starting September 13)

Cry It Out: Oct. 24 – Nov. 17 (Tickets available starting October 18)

A Christmas Carol: Nov. 29 – Dec. 28  (Tickets available starting November 15)

Pike St.: Jan. 9 – Feb. 2  (Tickets available starting January 3)

Jane Eyre: Feb. 13 – March 15 (Tickets available starting February 7)

The King’s Speech: March 19 – April 19  (Tickets available starting March 13)

Ah, Wilderness: May 7 – May 31  (Tickets available starting May 1)


Neighborhood Ambassadors Program

The Hartford Stage Neighborhood Ambassador Program is full for the 2019/2020 season, but we encourage you to complete an application in consideration for next season. Go to

Neighborhood Ambassadors join members of the Hartford community in conversation about the shows at Hartford Stage and how those themes directly intersect with life in our city. Ambassadors must be inquisitive and enthusiastic about Hartford. They do not have to be avid theatre-goers or even have ever gone to the theatre. Ambassadors will join together to have a casual dinner and conversation at Hartford Stage prior to attend a minimum of four shows during the season. In addition to attending the shows, Ambassadors will be invited to special backstage tours and production-related events to learn more about how theatre is made.