Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival


Whether the weather

Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival Inclement Weather Policy.

Rain: If water from the sky is falling (A) continuously for more than 10 minutes starting at 30 minutes prior to curtain-time up to curtain-time, or (B) for a continuous 2 minutes at any time after curtain, the show will be moved indoors.

Lightning: If lightning is in the sky directly above the campus from 30 minutes prior to curtain-time until curtain-time, or at any time after the start of the show, the show will be moved indoors.

Heat: If the temperature in West Hartford at 1 hour prior to curtain is 95 degrees or above, the show will be moved indoors.

Governor Declaration: If the governor, for any reason, declares the roads in CT unsafe for travel other than emergencies on the day of a performance, the performance will be cancelled.

If any of these situations happen, we move inside the beautiful Autorino Center, where we've built an exact duplicate of the outdoor set.

On a related note, if it rained during the day, but it's dry that night, be sure to bring lawn chairs, since the grass could still be wet. Thank you!

Save the date, contact your friends, and start planning your picnic dinner! “The Merry Wives of Windsor” will be the featured presentation of the 28th Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival — outdoors — on the beautiful grounds of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut, this July 11–28, 2019.

“The Merry Wives of Windsor” is a bawdy and riotous romp that stars one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comic characters. Falstaff, an impoverished knight in search of wealth, sets his sights on two married wealthy women. Little does he know, these “merry wives” have a few tricks up their sleeves. The production will be directed by Geoffrey Sheehan, Capital Classics artistic associate and theatre professor at Housatonic Community College.

“The Merry Wives of Windsor” and the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival are produced by the Capital Classics Theatre Company, in partnership with the Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities. The Festival is supported by passionate Shakespeare fans and local businesses, as well as a growing list of foundations, including the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

The Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival is held outdoors (indoors in case of rain) at the University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue in West Hartford, Connecticut. Audience members should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. The Autorino Center does not provide any outdoor seating. There are also designated areas for blankets (up front) and lawn chairs (middle and back). And, it's just a short walk from the free parking lot to the theater building to drop off your chairs and picnic baskets.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students/seniors, and $12 for discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more and “Let's GO Arts!” members. There is also a $2 per ticket transaction charge on top of these stated prices. That incremental $2 per ticket applies whether tickets are purchased in advance or at the door, with cash or a credit card. Tickets are available online at, at the door or by calling the box office at (860) 231-5555.

Shakespeare Book Club

"Shakespeare Out Loud!"

Capital Classics' “Shakespeare Book Club” returns to the Noah Webster Public Library in West Hartford for the fifth “semester” of its popular group discussion series with eight months of readings and conversations about some Shakespeare’s greatest works.

The theme for this year’s Book Club series is “Shakespeare Out Loud!” Over the course of the eight months, participants will choose their favorite passages from selected plays to share out loud with the group for closer examination of Shakespeare’s use of language in those moments of human thought, passion and action.

Whether it’s your first Shakespeare play or you’ve been a fan of the Bard your whole life, all are welcome to join the Shakespeare Book Club conversations. Discussions are moderated by Geoffrey Sheehan, Capital Classics artistic associate and theatre professor at Housatonic Community College.