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  1. On its 50th Anniversary Thousands of Canadians made the NAC their stage

    June 3, 2019

    On Sunday, June 2, 2019 the National Arts Centre celebrated its 50th Anniversary by welcoming thousands of Canadians to its free 50th Anniversary open house. This momentous occasion provided a rare look at the magic of the backstage, lively workshops in theatre and dance, free performances by Canadian artists, and family activities throughout the NAC’s public spaces. This unique event was in... Read more

  2. BOUNDLESS RANGE OF MUSIC, DANCE AND THEATRE NAC Orchestra, Dance, NAC Presents, English Theatre and Théâtre français announce their 2019-2020 seasons

    March 16, 2019

    News Release   BOUNDLESS RANGE OF MUSIC, DANCE AND THEATRE NAC Orchestra, Dance, NAC Presents, English Theatre and Théâtre français announce their 2019-2020 seasons! March 16, 2019 – OTTAWA (Canada) – As the National Arts Centre continues to celebrate 50 years of delivering the best in the performing arts in 2019, we look ahead to the excitement of the... Read more

  3. The French theatre presents: Ce qu'on attend de moi

    March 7, 2019

    From March 26 to 30, 2019 at La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins Two performances every night at 6:30 and 9 p.m., except on March 27 at 7:30 p.m. (World Theatre Day) "On the edge of fantasma and reality, the performance maintains a clever balance between the compassion towards a one-night actor and the discomfort regarding a kind of « self-acting »... Read more


    March 5, 2019

    8000 people enjoyed the family-friendly two-day Festival of sound By all accounts the North American debut of Europe’s BIG BANG Festival was a rousing success! On February 17 and 18 the NAC opened its doors to 8000 participants who enjoyed adventures in sound, dozens of shows, performances and sound installations dreamed up by artists from here and abroad in celebration of the joy of... Read more

  5. The French theatre presents: Hamlet_director's cut

    January 16, 2019

    January 30, 31, February 1, 2 at 8 p.m. in the NAC Azrieli Studio Performed in French only with no English surtitles “In a remarkable visual twist, director François Blouin surrounds Marc Beaupré’s Hamlet with eerie spectres, not just of Hamlet’s father, but of Claudius, Gertrude, Ophelia and so on.” Jim Burke, Montreal Gazette, April 7, 2017... Read more


    September 20, 2018

    THE SIMINOVITCH PRIZE in theatre announces THE 2018 shortlist for Design A celebration for finalists takes place Monday, October 15 at Hart House, University of Toronto Recipient to be announced Monday, November 5 at the National Arts Centre September 20, 2018 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The Siminovitch Prize Foundation and the National Arts Centre today announced the shortlist for this... Read more

  7. NAC Flag Flies at Half-mast in Honour of Canadian Theatre Icon Albert Millaire

    August 15, 2018

    The National Arts Centre mourns the loss of award-winning actor and director Albert Millaire. He was 83. Mr. Millaire had a significant impact on the cultural life of Canada, having received their country’s highest distinction in the performing arts, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2006. The National Arts Centre’s flag will fly at... Read more

  8. French theatre presents : Romanzo d'infanzia (For ages 6 to 12)

    May 9, 2018

    Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m. in the NAC Azrieli Studio Presented in French, with a focus on dance and palatable to all audiences “Michele Abbondanza and Antonella Bertoni have just delivered a masterful one-hour performance where theatre and dance merge into a stunning explosion of energy, re‑enacting the flamboyant drama of childhood.”... Read more

  9. French theatre presents : Impatience (For ages 14+)

    May 3, 2018

    Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 7:30 pm in the NAC Azrieli Studio One performance only, followed at 9 p.m. by the free event De plain-pied!   OTTAWA, Thursday, May 3, 2018 – OTTAWA – “Hi, my name is Jazia, I’m 14 years old …” Do you think you know all there is to know about today’s teenagers? Check your assumptions against... Read more

  10. French theatre presents : Fendre les lacs

    April 18, 2018

    May 9–12, 2018 at 8 p.m. in the NAC Azrieli Studio   “A powerful wind of change sweeps through Fendre les lacs … by Steve Gagnon. A burning intensity, coupled with a visceral thirst for freedom, delivered by a cast that isn’t afraid of total immersion ... Literally and figuratively.” Geneviève Bouchard, Le Soleil, April 13,... Read more