A NAC English Theatre/Belfry Theatre co-production
And Slowly Beauty…
by Michel Nadeau
Written in collaboration with
Marie-Josée Bastien, Lorraine Côté, Hugues Frenette,
Pierre-François Legendre, Véronika Makdissi-Warren and Jack Robitaille
Translated by Maureen Labonté
Directed by Michael Shamata
Featuring the NAC English Theatre Company

Ottawa, ON, October 28, 2011 – After a spectacular run at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, the NAC English Theatre is proud to open the 2011-12 Studio series with the English-language premiere of Michel Nadeau’s And Slowly Beauty..., translated by Maureen Labonté. 

Described as “Magical…everything theatre should be... (4 of 4 stars)” by the Globe and Mail and “…infinitely rich…superbly realized... (5 of 5 stars)” by the Times Colonist, And Slowly Beauty... is a revelation on the transformative power of art in our everyday life.

Imagine:  you are Mr. Mann, and you’ve just won two tickets to Chekhov’s comedy, Three Sisters. You’ve barely heard of Chekhov, but you go anyway (alone, because no one else in the family is interested).  Unexpectedly the experience begins to alter your life, and -- slowly beauty….

Can beauty actually reveal a new way to see the world?
This play opens a window onto the answer.

And Slowly Beauty…, a marvellous and moving example of how art can change our lives, plays in the NAC Studio November 7 - 19, 2011.

Featuring Mary-Colin Chisholm, Dennis Fitzgerald, Caroline Gillis, Christian Murray, Thomas Olajide and Celine Stubel.

Working with Director Michael Shamata to bring this new translation to the stage are Designer John Ferguson; Lighting Designer Michael Walton; Sound Designer Brooke Maxwell; Associate Designer Tamara Marie Kucheran; Stage Manager Jane Vanstone Osborn.

Monday, November 7
Tuesday, November 8 and Wednesday, November 9
Thursday, November 10

Saturday, November 12 at 1 p.m. in the NAC Salon.
NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Peter Hinton will be speaking with NAC English Theatre Dramaturg and Artistic Associate Paula Danckert. Free to the public.

Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17. Stay in your seats for a post-show question-and-answer session with artists from And Slowly Beauty....

Performance times in the NAC Theatre:       
Evening performances Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.
Saturday matinees are at 2 p.m.
(no performances on Sundays. No performances on Monday, November 14)

Tickets $21 - $39
Groups of 10 or more contact grp@nac-cna.ca or visit http://www.nac-cna.ca

Tickets are available for purchase:

  • In person at the NAC Box Office
  • At all Ticketmaster outlets
  • By telephone 1-888-991-2787
  • Online on the NAC’s website: http://www.nac-cna.ca
    A service charge applies on all purchases made through Ticketmaster.

Find out more about NAC English Theatre on Facebook and YouTube. Discover more fascinating facts about And Slowly Beauty… by visiting www.nac-cna.ca/en/englishtheatre or the NAC English Theatre Company at www2.nac-cna.ca/en/englishtheatre/2011-2012/company.

This production is eligible for the Live Rush program.
Full-time students age 13-29 with a valid Live Rush membership may buy up to two 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 liverush.ca for information on the Live Rush program.

Embassy Hotel & Suites is proud to be the Official Hotel Partner for the National Arts Centre English Theatre.


For information, please call:
Sean Fitzpatrick, Communications Officer, National Arts Centre English Theatre
613-947-7000 ext. 389; e-mail: sean.fitzpatrick@nac-cna.ca
or visit the NAC website at www.nac-cna.ca