News Releases


    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

  2. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. French theatre presents : Et si Roméo & Juliette… (For ages 8 to 14)

    March 26, 2018

    Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 3 p.m. in the NAC Azrieli Studio “The four acrobatic performers swap roles as naturally as they move through space, spinning, leaping and somersaulting.” MON(theatre).QC.CA, May 3, 2017 (transl.) OTTAWA, Monday, March 26, 2018 – Falling in love: so love is a fall? Sometimes. And it can be fatal! Think of... Read more

  9. French theatre presents : La cerisaie (The Cherry Orchard)

    March 22, 2018

    April 11–14, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in the NAC Babs Asper Theatre ENGLISH SURTITLES FRIDAY APRIL 13 // Exclusive Canadian engagement “This production by Flemish collective tg STAN takes an unconventional approach by investing the play with the sense of comedy that Chekhov gave it. And it’s a powerful wind of madness and freedom that blows through this Cherry Orchard... Read more

  10. French theatre presents : Tapage et autres bruits sourds

    March 14, 2018

    March 27 & 28, 2018, at 8 p.m. in the NAC Azrieli Studio An NAC French Theatre production presented exclusively in Ottawa! “I speak with my body. With my bruises blooming from the inside. I speak and it's not pretty—no decorations, no powdered sugar. Words ripped from the root, by sheer nerve and the sweat of my brow.” From Tapage et autres bruits... Read more