October 2020 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Attending a show


There are two main entrances to the NAC. The main entrance is located at the corner of Queen and Elgin facing the National War Memorial.

The second entrance faces the Rideau Canal and is accessed from Lawrence Freiman Lane that starts at the corner of Queen and Elgin.

Venue information

Once in the Elgin st entrance, you will be directed by signs or helpful staff to your performance venue.

Southam Hall, is our largest performing hall, with 2,065 seats. NAC OrchestraBroadway, NAC Dance Ballet and Series A shows all take place on this stage.

The Babs Asper Theatre is our second largest performance space, with 897 seats. This venue features shows from English TheatreFrench TheatreNAC Presents and Dance Series B.

The Azrieli Studio is an intimate dance, theatre and music performance venue that does not have reserved seating. Arrive early and get the best seats!

The Fourth Stage is our most intimate performance space with no reserved seating.

Coat and bag check

Coat check services are offered free of charge, and are available for all performances in Southam Hall, Babs Asper Theatre, and Azrieli Studio.

To help ensure your comfort and security, all bags and suitcases must be left at the coat check, with the exception of handbags. We would also recommend checking your overcoat.

Intermezzo bars

The Intermezzo Bar is open 1 hour prior to and during NAC performances in Southam Hall and the Theatre only. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks may be purchased. A selection of sandwiches and light meals may be purchased.

Dress code

There is no official dress code for the National Arts Centre. However, typical attire for performances in Southam Hall ranges from business casual to semi-formal. Typically clothes you would wear for a trendy or fancy night out would work perfectly for a Southam Hall performance


Out of consideration for your fellow patrons, we ask that you limit the wearing/use of products with perfume when you are visiting us. If you are experiencing an allergic reaction due to your seating location, please contact the House Manager about the possibility of a relocation.

Cameras, phones & recording equipment

Photographic and recording equipment is strictly prohibited inside the hall without prior written permission from the NAC; infringement of this rule can lead to immediate suspension of admission privileges.

Please turn your phone or mobile device ringtone off and brightness down to not disturb other audience members. Much like a movie theatre, phone use can interfere with other patrons’ view; please reduce use to a minimum. 

Latecomers policy

Latecomers will be permitted to reach their seats only during a suitable pause in the programme. Displays are located outside the venue to watch the performance while waiting.

Please note that, for certain performances, latecomers are not allowed at all.