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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.


Coming in September to Hartford Stage

(HPL tickets available Monday, August 27)

Make Belive

It’s a wonder anyone survives childhood

By Bess Wohl

This uncanny, gently funny and touching play, set in the 1980s, follows four young siblings as their childhood is upended by the mysterious problems of the adults in their lives and tracks how moments from our childhood resonate with us forever. This play is recommended for ages 18 and older.

Show Dates/Times 

September 6 at 7:30 pm

September 7 at 8:00 pm

September 8 at 8:00 pm

September 9 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

September 11 at 7:30 pm

September 12 at 7:30 pm

September 14 at 8:00 (Standing Room Only performance)*

September 15 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

September 16 at 2:00 pm

September 18 at 7:30 pm

September 19 at 7:30 pm

September 20 at 7:30 pm

September 21 at 8:00 pm

September 22 at 8:00 pm

September 23 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

September 25 at 7:30 pm

September 26 at 2:00 pm

September 27 at 7:30 pm

September 28 at 8:00 pm

September 29 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

September 30 at 2:00 pm

*Persons who purchase Standing Room Only tickets will be seated before the show as seats become available due to cancellations.

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.