News Releases

  1. French theatre presents : La bibliothèque interdite

    November 22, 2017

    December 6-9 at 8 p.m., NAC Studio Azrieli Added performance Saturday December 9 at 4 p.m.   OTTAWA, November 27, 2017 – Buenos Aires, 1941. A poet has barely started his job as concierge of the forbidden library when he is incarcerated by Inspector Barracuda. In a sordid setting, to the sinister strains of the milonga, he realizes that his captor is a character from one of... Read more

  2. French theatre presents : Traversée (Recommended for ages 9 and older)

    November 13, 2017

    Saturday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 26 at 3 p.m., NAC Azrieli Studio Suitable for Deaf and hearing-impaired patrons (some but not all of the dialogue is in Quebec Sign Language)   “Traversée delivers a tightly focused story in the form of a candid and touching personal account.” Le Devoir, November 17, 2016 (Transl.)   OTTAWA, Canada,... Read more

  3. French theatre presents : The state of siege

    November 1, 2017

    November 15–18 at 7:30 p.m., NAC Babs Asper Theatre English surtitles: Friday, November 17 OTTAWA, November 1, 2017 – As part of their North American tour, the renowned Théâtre de la Ville de Paris company comes to the National Arts Centre for an exclusive Canadian engagement of four performances only (including one with English surtitles, on Friday,... Read more

  4. French theatre presents : Je disparais

    October 25, 2017

    November 1-4, 2017, at 8 p.m., NAC Azrieli Studio “Catherine Vidal’s direction, stripped of all artifice, reflects her great sensitivity to Lygre’s text, and the sparse set puts the focus squarely on the Norwegian playwright’s words …. Vidal’s staging beautifully echoes the purity of the text.” — Jérémy... Read more

  5. French theatre presents : Ma petite boule d’amour (Ages 3 to 6)

    October 13, 2017

    Sat., Oct. 28 and Sun., Oct. 29 at 11 a.m and 3 p.m., NAC Rossy Pavilion “A loving tribute to [popular children’s TV personality] Fanfreluche, this simple, ingenious play invites the audience to enter the story, then leave it, just as you would close a book.” —Marie Fradette, LE DEVOIR, May 16, 2017   OTTAWA (Canada), October 13, 2017... Read more

  6. French theatre presents : Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show

    October 3, 2017

    October 18-21, at 7:30 p.m., NAC Babs Asper Theatre WORLD PREMIERE // NAC FRENCH THEATRE CO-PRODUCTION                          ... Read more

  7. THE SIMINOVITCH PRIZE In Theatre announces 2017 shortlist for Playwriting

    September 25, 2017

    News Release  THE SIMINOVITCH PRIZE In Theatre announces 2017 shortlist for Playwriting A celebration for finalists takes place Monday, October 16 at Hart House, University of Toronto Recipient to be announced Monday, November 6 at the National Arts Centre September 25, 2017 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The Siminovitch Prize Foundation and the National Arts Centre today announced the... Read more

  8. Three National Arts Centre Tours to Bring the Best of the Arts to Canadians this Fall

    September 19, 2017

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) will be criss-crossing Canada this Fall with three performing arts tours bringing the best theatre artists and musicians this country has to offer: From September 28 to October 14, NAC English Theatre will present Molière’s play Tartuffe – as re-imagined by east-coast comedy genius Andy Jones under the direction of Artistic Director Jillian... Read more


    May 12, 2017

    THE SIMINOVITCH PRIZE 2017 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS IN PLAYWRITING May 12, 2017 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The Siminovitch Prize and the National Arts Centre today announced a call for nominations for Canada’s most prestigious award in theatre. The Siminovitch Prize was launched in 2000 to honour the values and achievements of the renowned scientist Lou Siminovitch and the late... Read more


    April 26, 2017

    May you be illuminated by the new season! Brigitte Haentjens, Artistic Director of the National Arts Centre (NAC) French Theatre and recent recipient of a 2017 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award (GGPAA) for lifetime artistic achievement, invites you to discover powerful and luminous works both poetic and political, created in a multiplicity of forms by artists with a talent for... Read more