October 22, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

News Releases


    January 6, 2020

    Inuit storytelling inspiration for new high-energy circus arts performance  OTTAWA (Canada) – NAC Indigenous Theatre’s landmark inaugural season continues in the new year with the world premiere of Unikkaaqtuat (January 9 to 12, 2020), a major multidisciplinary production that blends circus arts, music, theatre, and video projection. Created by the internationally renowned Inuit... Read more

  2. French Theatre presents Le problème avec le rose (Dec. 14-15)

    November 28, 2019

    December 14 and 15 at 3p.m. at NAC Azrieli Studio Recommended for 6-12 years old In French Une idée, toute bête au fond, bouscule l’univers de quatre amis. Le rose, c’est pour les filles ? Pfff ! N’importe quoi ! Oui, mais si ? Avec ce spectacle ébouriffant, Érika Tremblay-Roy signe un texte sonore, en... Read more

  3. French Theatre presents Lévriers (Dec 6-7)

    November 21, 2019

    December 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. at LabO, University of Ottawa, in the Ottawa Art Gallery building (10, Daly ave) 14 years old and over In French A bare stage, a few chairs, a director and five performers playing themselves—maybe it’s not even a show? And yet, Sophie Gee has created a poignant work that digs through the junk pile of our everyday failures to extract pearls of... Read more


    November 13, 2019

    OTTAWA (Canada) The National Arts Centre (NAC) is pleased to announce that Ballet BC has been awarded the 2019 National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring.  Ballet BC is being recognized for its long history of touring, both within Canada and around the world.  The award will be presented at the opening dinner of the Canadian Arts Presenting Association’s... Read more

  5. French Theatre presents Zéro (Nov. 27-30)

    November 12, 2019

    November 27 to 29, 2019, 8 p.m. and November 29, 2019, 4 p.m. at NAC Azrieli Studio In French with no surtitles   After writing plays dealing with the numbers from 1 to 9 and investigating multiple facets of identity, Mani Soleymanlou goes back to zero, the big nothing. Revisiting his notebooks, he attempts to return to his artistic beginnings and draw from the very... Read more

  6. French Theatre presents J'aime Hydro (Nov. 6-9)

    October 25, 2019

    November 6 to 8, 2019, 7 p.m. and November 9, 2019, 2 p.m. at NAC Babs Asper Theatre In French with no surtitles Acclaimed by about 50,000 people throughout the province of Quebec! More than 3 hours and a half-long documentary play, captivating. On a mission from documentary theatre company Porte Parole, Christine Beaulieu launched herself heart and soul—despite her self-doubts and... Read more

  7. French Theatre presents Une lune entre deux maisons (Nov. 2-3)

    October 23, 2019

    November 2 and 3 at 3 p.m. at NAC Azrieli Studio Recommended for 3-6 years old In French The space between Plume’s house and Taciturne’s house is a chasm. A whole moon can fit into it! With its playground-like set and its moving performances, this show about overcoming our fear of the unfamiliar accurately measures the internal temperature of a child’s heart. Written... Read more

  8. NAC English Theatre Presents Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story - October 16 - 27 Babs Asper Theatre

    October 1, 2019

    News Release NAC English Theatre Presentation Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story Created by Hannah Moscovitch, Ben Caplan and Christian Barry Songs by Ben Caplan and Christian Barry* Directed by Christian Barry A 2b theatre company (Halifax) Production October 16 - 27, 2019 September 30, 2019 – OTTAWA (Canada) – ★★★★★ “A thing of raw and unmissable... Read more

  9. French Theatre presents Parce que la nuit (Oct 16-19)

    September 26, 2019

    October 16 to 19, 2019, 8 p.m. at NAC Azrieli Studio In French with passages in English ‟A fusion of poetry and rock” (La Presse, transl.) ‟Really high calibre work” (ICI Radio-Canada Première, transl.) ‟Five voices, one superb portrait” (Voir, transl.)   In this overview of the life and work of Patti Smith, Brigitte Haentjens... Read more

  10. Call for nominations for the National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring

    September 11, 2019

    Ottawa (Canada) —The National Arts Centre and the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) are once again extending a call for nominations for the National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 11, 2019. The National Arts Centre award will be presented at a dinner at the NAC on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 during... Read more