News Releases

  1. Petit Pierre Hop on the Merry-go-Round

    October 29, 2015

    Born in a small farming community at the turn of the last century, Petit Pierre, a wee slip of a man with a funny smile, was deaf and partially blind. One day for Fleurette – his favourite cow – he built an unusual beet distributor. That was the first in a slew of inventions that Petit Pierre enjoyed building. With scrap materials gleaned from the roadside, he constructed the work of a... Read more

  2. Septembre

    October 8, 2015

    Today, September 12, a woman is at work. Today, September 12, she is interrupted by a phone call from school; her daughter has a stomach ache. Today, September 12, the woman gets into her car, parks in front of the school and gazes out at the school yard. She observes children at play, imagining all sorts of possible scenarios, from the hilarious to the terrifying.  Written and performed by... Read more

  3. Raising of the Franco-Ontarian Flag at the NAC this Friday

    September 22, 2015

    OTTAWA – The President and CEO of the National Arts Centre (NAC), in conjunction with French-speaking artists and representatives of Franco-Ontarian associations, will be raising the Franco-Ontarian flag to celebrate three anniversaries: the 40th anniversary of the first raising of the flag, the fifth annual Franco-Ontarian Day and the 400th anniversary of the French presence in Ontario.... Read more

  4. À quoi ça sert d’être brillant si t’éclaires personne? A festive and incisive happening

    September 15, 2015

    On September 25 the Francophones of Ontario will be celebrating three anniversaries at once! This festive day marks the 40th anniversary of the first raising of the Franco-Ontarian flag, the fifth annual Franco-Ontarian Day and the 400th anniversary of the French presence in Ontario. The NAC’s Théâtre français will be marking the occasion with a festive and mordant... Read more

  5. A Dazzling Season Indeed!

    June 22, 2015

    On May 23, the 2014-15 NAC Théâtre français season concluded with the Robert Lepage masterpiece Les aiguilles et l’opium, with all five performances sold out. A brief recap of our theatre season: 2  This season the NAC audience discovered two major works directed by Brigitte Haentjens.  Alone onstage in Molly Bloom, Anne-Marie Cadieux gave a magnificent... Read more

  6. Needles and opium back at the NAC !

    May 12, 2015

    Ottawa, 12 May 2015 - Twenty-four years after its première at the NAC, the Robert Lepage masterpiece Les aiguilles et l’opium will be back at the Théâtre français after enjoying worldwide success. “This new version revisits the past,” Lepage explained. “The perspective of maturity adds more sensuality, emotion and humanity to the piece. The show... Read more

  7. De plain-pied : trois jours d’occupation adolescente

    May 8, 2015

    (News release only available in French) Ottawa, le 4 mai 2015 – Pendant trois jours, le CNA appartiendra aux adolescents ! Du 14 au 16 mai, ils seront nombreux à occuper les lieux, à peindre les murs de leur présence et à se faire entendre haut et fort. Avec De plain-pied, le Théâtre français ouvre grand les portes du CNA aux 14-20... Read more

  8. Richard III : At the NAC Theatre, April 21-25

    April 16, 2015

    Ottawa, April 16 2015 - The Théâtre français is very pleased to present the most recent piece by Brigitte Haentjens, Shakespeare’s Richard III in a translation by Jean Marc Dalpé.  Sébastien Ricard, who incarnates the infamous and implacable Duke of Gloucester, is joined by an extremely talented cast that includes Sylvie Drapeau, Sophie Desmarais, Maxim... Read more

  9. NAC French Theatre 2015-2016 season launch

    April 9, 2015

    Art should force us into the streets ! - André Breton - Ottawa, 9 April 2015– Last night before an enthusiastic audience the Théâtre français unveiled its program for the 2015-16 season at the NAC Studio. For her 4th season as artistic director, Brigitte Haentjens has selected plays from here and elsewhere, works by both emerging artists and... Read more

  10. Noeuds Papillon

    April 7, 2015

    Ottawa, 2 April 2015 - Marie-Eve Huot is a highly talented young artist, and in her play Nœuds papillon, the writing and staging are very personal, rich with the desire to evoke dreams, pluck and courage. All of these the young heroine at the heart of the tale will need as she copes with the absence of her father, who died too young. This is the small story of Amélie, age 11, plus the... Read more