News Releases

  1. Spend Family Day with the NAC English Theatre

    February 15, 2011

    As a treat for Ontario Family Day, Monday, February 21, the NAC English Theatre is offering a free event for families. From 12 noon to 4 p.m., you and your children are invited to a special afternoon of hands-on activities, storytelling, arts & crafts, theatre games and exciting dance workshops with Shawn Byfield, co-creator of i think i can!  Join the fun: stories read by wonderful... Read more

  2. The NAC English Theatre presents the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto) production ofAgokweWritten and Performed by Waawaate FobisterDirected and Dramaturged by Ed RoyFebruary 1 – 12, 2011

    January 21, 2011

    Winner of Six Dora Mavor Moore Awards “Agokwe is excellent – the show is an absolute stunner.” – Vancouver Province “Within the man there is woman…not one spirit but two.” Mike is a hockey player and Jake is a dancer. The boys notice each other at the Kenora Shoppers Mall and ultimately connect through a mutual love of movement — when Mike is... Read more

  3. The Winter Sale is here at the NAC - Two Tickets for $39!

    January 20, 2011

    Ottawa, Ontario – The weather may be cold outside, but the National Arts Centre has the best way to keep warm and entertained at the same time – we’re kickstarting an early spring with this sizzling deal on fantastic performances at the National Arts Centre! From January 24 – February 6, patrons can buy two tickets to selected performances in Theatre and by the NAC... Read more

  4. The NAC English Theatre presents the Belfry Theatre (Victoria) production ofThe Year of Magical Thinkingby Joan DidionStarring Seana McKennaDirected by Michael ShamataJanuary 11 – 29, 2011

    January 5, 2011

    “Seana McKenna and Joan Didion are a magical team.” – Toronto Star  “Life changes fast. Life changes in an instant. You sit down for dinner and life as you know it ends. The question of self-pity.” Seana McKenna, a leading lady of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and one of Canada’s most renowned actresses, stars in this one-woman tour-de-force. Based... Read more

  5. A Special Announcement:  nativityby Peter AndersonDirected by Leah CherniakStarring the NAC English Theatre Company and now featuring NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Peter Hinton

    December 11, 2010

    This past week Peter Anderson’s nativity opened to very enthusiastic houses in the NAC Theatre. On Saturday afternoon, NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Peter Hinton joined the NAC English Theatre Company on stage in the production, Company member Marcel Jeannin having departed the show for personal reasons.   As of Saturday, Mr. Hinton will be playing the roles of Mak, Soldier... Read more

  6. The National Arts Centre English Theatre presentsnativityby Peter AndersonDirected by Leah CherniakStarring the NAC English Theatre Company December 8 - 23

    November 24, 2010

    The first Christmas was no holiday! From Peter Anderson, the star of The Overcoat, comes a new take on the very first Christmas.In the spirit of last season’s A Christmas Carol, nativity is a holiday musical comedy for ages 8 to 108 - where shepherds speak in rhyme, animals sing and dance, angels appear in the night sky, an expectant couple searches for a place to stay, and three hungry... Read more


    November 8, 2010

    On Saturday, November 20 and Sunday November 21, subscriptions to most NAC Orchestra, English Theatre, French Theatre, and Dance series are on sale at 50% off the regular Box Office ticket price! The Subscription Seat Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in person at the NAC on Saturday only and online on both Saturday and Sunday. Free parking is provided for patrons buying subscriptions on... Read more

  8. The National Arts Centre English Theatre and Great Canadian Theatre Company presentVimyby Vern ThiessenDirected by Linda MooreStarring the NAC English Theatre Company Starting November 9 Now extended through to December 11!

    November 3, 2010

    All Performances at GCTCI’m going to tell you the story of Vimy. Ottawa, ON. - Aided by a nurse from Nova Scotia, four wounded Canadian soldiers recover in a field hospital. It is France. 1917. The wake of the battle for Vimy Ridge. Governor General’s Literary Award-winner Vern Thiessen honours not only those soldiers who did or did not return from that hill, but also those who helped... Read more

  9. The National Arts Centre English Theatre presentsRomeo & Julietby William ShakespeareDirected by Peter HintonOctober 19 – November 6, 2010

    October 13, 2010

    Featuring the NAC English Theatre Company and introducing the 50th Anniversary English Theatre Graduating Class of the National Theatre SchoolWhat's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Ottawa, ON, October 13, 2010 - In a city bound by religion and caught in the struggle of civil strife, two young people are trapped by a secret love. As the fighting spills... Read more

  10. Introducing the 2010/11 NAC English Theatre CompanyRehearsals Begin Now!

    September 10, 2010

    Ottawa, Ontario – The National Arts Centre is pleased to introduce the artists who will make up the 2010/11 NAC English Theatre Company. The Company will be bigger this season, expanding from 18 to 24 actors, who will work alongside playwrights, directors, designers, composers and stage managers. As well, the English Theatre Company will be participating in double the number of plays this... Read more