The National Arts Centre English Theatre presents
by Peter Anderson
Directed by Leah Cherniak
Starring the NAC English Theatre Company
December 8 - 23

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 coyotes are on the hunt for a good meal.

From shifty coyotes to a villainous King Herod, nativity features the NAC English Theatre Company playing 30 characters, performing 10 songs (with original music by Composer Allen Cole). The show is akin to a Christmas pageant, using the theatre techniques of pantomime, clown, movement, choreography, song, and humour that leads the audience on a mythical adventure.

A rousing play for all ages and denominations, nativity explores the origins of the Christmas story with its universal appeal for peace, safety and a little comfort and joy.

There’s no better way to celebrate the season with the family than good cheer, music, dance and laughter - nativity is the holiday show you don’t want to miss!

nativity stars the NAC English Theatre Company featuring Michael Blake, Patricia Cano, Réjean Cournoyer, Diane D’Aquila, Todd Duckworth, Randi Helmers, Marcel Jeannin, Ron Kennell, Jani Lauzon, Jean Leclerc, Alex McCooeye, Robert Persichini, Karen Robinson, Laara Sadiq, Michael Spencer-Davis, Joey Tremblay and introducing three young actors, Alexander Lamarre and Samantha Lin from Ottawa and Tara Renwick from Toronto.

Working with Director Leah Cherniak on this production are: Associate Director & Choreographer Dayna Tekatch; Musical Director/Composer Allen Cole; Set & Costume Designer Judith Bowden; Lighting Designer Jock Munro; Sound Designer Jesse Ash; Production Dramaturg Paula Danckert; Stage Manager Laurie Champagne; Assistant Stage Manager Rebecca Miller; and Production Stage Manager Michael Hart.

:    Wednesday, December 8 and Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening:     Friday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.
PWYC:         Sunday, December 12 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, December 11 at 1 p.m. in the NAC Panorama Room
NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Peter Hinton will be speaking with nativity playwright Peter Anderson. Free to the public.

Talkbacks: Wednesday, December 15 and 22 and Thursday, December 16 and 23
stay in your seats for a post-show question-and-answer session with members of
the Company.

In the NAC Theatre: 
Evening performances Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. 
(no performances on Mondays)

Tickets start at $22
Groups of 10+ receive great discounts! For more information contact or
visit our webpage.

Tickets are available for purchase:
In person at the NAC Box Office
At all Ticketmaster outlets
By telephone from Ticketmaster, (613) 755-1111
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Find out more about NAC English Theatre on Facebook and YouTube. To discover some fascinating facts about nativity click and learn more through our new online study guides.

This production is eligible for the Live Rush program.
Full-time students age 13-29 with valid Live Rush membership may buy up to 2 tickets per performance at the discounted price of only $12 per ticket. Live Rush tickets are available from 10 a.m. on the day before the performance to 6 p.m. the day of the performance.This includes all available seats, including the best seats in the house.
Check out for information on the Live Rush program.

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For any information, please call:
Sean Fitzpatrick, Communications Officer,
National Arts Centre English Theatre
613-947-7000 ext. 389; e-mail:
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