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National Arts Centre

53 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON

613-947-7000 | Website

Come and enjoy some of the best theatre, music and dance that Canada has to offer!



Performing Arts Venue | Performing Arts Center
Payment | Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa, Cash


Neighbourhood | Centretown
Getting There | Take The Queensway east or west bound. Exit at Nicholas, turn left onto Laurier, right onto Elgin.
Cross Street | Albert Street


Box Office: Monday to Saturday: 10AM to 9PM Sunday and Holidays: When performances are scheduled the Box Office will open 2 hours prior to curtain time until 15 minutes after the beginning of the last performances.

Profile Last Updated: May 07, 2008

World Class Performing Arts
Come and enjoy some of the best theatre, music, and dance that Canada has to offer! Situated in downtown Ottawa right alongside the Rideau Canal, is the National Arts Centre, one of Canada's largest performing art centres. Conceived as part of Canada's 1967 Centennial Celebrations, the NAC officially opened its doors in 1969, and has been hosting some of the world's best performers ever since. The centre also has a strong educational component, helping young artists discover their path. Professional development opportunities are available for young performing artists and there is family programming to excite young minds.

Four Theatres to Serve You
Each of the four theatres housed in the National Arts Centre caters to a specific crowd. Whether it be dance, English theatre, French theatre or community programming, the National Arts Centre has the beat covered. The Southam Hall seats 2,323 spectators and is used for musicals, ballet and opera. The Theatre seats 897 people and is ideal for plays, seminars and conferences. The Studio Hall seats between 250-300 people and is the most versatile of the four spaces. It is used frequently for corporate seminars and presentations. Finally, the Fourth Stage can seat 150 spectators and is used mainly for dance, music, storytelling, theatre and other events on its multi-purpose, multi-disciplinary stage.

The National Arts Centre Orchestra, led by musical director Pinchas Zuckerman and conductor laureate Mario Bernardi, is an internationally acclaimed 46-member orchestra. Although the orchestra calls the NAC home, they also have an extensive touring schedule as part of their mandate, which also includes recording, music education, and the performance of contemporary works.


Dinner and a Show: Le Cafe is a gourmet restaurant housed within the NAC. Call (613) 594-5127.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Students Rejoice: Students are eligible for Live Rush tickets. Check it out!

Parking: There is limited underground parking as well as parking at the Rideau Centre, the World Exchange Plaza and city hall.

See What NACO: Is playing this year

See some Dance: Being performed year-round

Check out: The theatre performances