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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.


A Christmas Carol


Tickets available at HPL starting November 15

By Charles Dickens
Adapted and originally directed by Michael Wilson
Directed by Rachel Alderman

The magic of Charles Dickens’ heartwarming classic returns for its 22nd season. Come see Connecticut’s favorite family holiday tradition and spend some time with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. It’s perfect holiday entertainment!

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

  • November 29, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
  • November 30, 2019 @ 2 pm & 7:30 pm
  • December 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
  • December 26 @ 2 pm & 7:30 pm
  • December 27 @ 7:30 pm
  • December 28 @ 2 pm & 7:30 pm

The Sensory Friendly Performance of A Christmas Carol is 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 than a traditional performance; changes have been made to both technical elements of the production and theatre atmosphere in order to create a safe space for people with autism and other sensory-input disorders and their families.

  • December 7 @ 2 pm (SENSORY FRIENDLY)

Due to popularity and ticket demand, 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 for 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.

  • December 6 @7:30 pm
  • December 7 @ 7:30 pm
  • December 8 @ 2 pm
  • December 13 @ 7:30 pm
  • December 14 @ 2 pm & 7:30 pm
  • December 15 @ 2 pm
  • December 20 @ 7:30 p m
  • December 21 @ 2 pm & 7:30 pm
  • December 22 @ 2 pm & 7:30 pm
  • December 23 @ 7:30 pm
  • December 24 @ 2 pm

 Note: 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.


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.