Best Concert Halls & Theaters In Connecticut

January 12, 2011 1:30 PM

Connecticut prides itself when it comes to arts and entertainment, from grand theaters that burst with the dazzling sounds of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra to non-profit performances of award-winning plays in intimate playhouses. When you’re looking for ways to take in the arts, you can’t go wrong with the best concert halls and theaters in Connecticut. – Courtney Delong

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

166 Capitol Ave.
Hartford CT, 06106
(860) 987-6000 or toll-free (888) 824-2874

The Bushnell shines at not only providing first-rate performances in theater and music, but also as a leader in educating and advocating for the arts. It is home to the Hartford City Orchestra, Connecticut Opera and Connecticut Forum, as well as a presenter for off-Broadway, cabaret, blues, comedy and jazz shows. The Bushnell also donates thousands of complimentary tickets each year to local schools and organizations throughout the community. The added beauty to this artistic gem is the innate detail in design as well as the two luxurious theaters it boasts. Check out the guided tour offered and see for yourself why the Bushnell is considered Hartford’s prized jewel of the arts. Box office hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and closed Sunday (except for performance days, when it opens at noon.)


233 Pearl St.
Hartford CT, 06103
(860) 527-7838

All for the arts and all non-profit, TheaterWorks is a dynamic place to take in a show and one of the best concert halls and theaters in Hartford. Notable works by playwrights such as David Mamet and Tony Award-winner Yasmina Reza have performed here. Since it’s all non-profit, every proceed goes toward keeping TheaterWorks running, and all contributions are tax-deductible. Sign up for a subscription to TheaterWorks and receive fabulous benefits such as discounted ticket prices. Also worth noting is the free admission for kids ages 14 to 17, thanks to the Lincoln Financial Foundation. Box Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hartford Stage

50 Church St.
Hartford, CT 06103

Located in a spectacular building designed by renowned architect Robert Venturi, the Hartford Stage is regarded as one of the major resident theaters in the United States. It has been honored with awards such as the Regional Theater Tony, OBIE and New York Critics Circle. It also is famous for its annual performance of the classic, “A Christmas Carol.” The Hartford Stage works with schools to help teach kids about literacy through theater and also offers discounts for class trips or on any party consisting of ten or more people. With so much brilliancy behind it, it’s no surprise that the Hartford Stage is a premiere spot for viewing seriously sensational theater. Box office hours are Monday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and noon to curtain on performance evenings.

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