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National Arts Centre

53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5W1, Canada (Byward Market Area)
613 947 7000
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Ranked #19 of 144 Attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
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Florida
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138 reviews 138 reviews
12 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Went recently to the NAC to see The Book of Mormon. Always a pleasant experience. All seats in Southam Hall seem to be good. Staff are courteous and helpful.

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Ottawa, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The dancing was excellent. Well timed, well executed, fitting for the plot, and fun. The rest of the story about child pornography, raping young girls, female circumcision, AIDS, and shooting someone in the face stretches the limits of what can be called "humour". The opening half was shocking to the point of leaving the theatre and the second half was... More

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Kuujjuarapik, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

NAC is a great theatre. I saw the Book of Mormon, had a box seat all to myself. The staff/ushers are friendly and helpful. Gin and tonics are good as well.

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Lakeside in Eastern Ontario
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112 reviews 112 reviews
37 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We've been to the NAC often for different performances but we've never done a review. NAC: The NAC is a beautiful building and well laid out. We were in Southam Hall and looking around, I don't think there's a bad seat to be had. The Book of Mormon: Great performance! Laughed so much our bellies ached!

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The National Arts Centre continues to be my favourite place to go to plays, concerts, broadway shows. etc. The acoustics are very good when listening to live performances - though at some events the amplification hasn't always been at its best (Book of Mormon was so much fun, but the sound balance wasn't always what it should have been). The... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Nice venue with easy access and everything you could want, if your booking last minute you can get seats online for 1/5 of the list price 2-3 hours before most shows we paid 60 for 2 orchestra seats that were listed for 115 each

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Centrally located in Ottawa, close to many attractions such as canal, parliament buildings, Rideau center and by ward market. Not a spectacularly large hall, but great views from most seats and offers that small venue feel.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The NAC is located in central Ottawa i.e., the downtown core. Close to restaurants, the Byward Market, Parliament Hill, the Chateau Laurier and many other local area attractions. The building itself overlooks the picturesque Rideau Canal and offers underground parking if you're bringing the car and is easily accessible by public transit. The NAC offers three performing stages; equally intimate... More

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Peterborough, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Was at National Arts Centre June 13/14 for University of Ottawa convocation. Very nice place for such an event!

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Akron, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Yes indeed, we were lucky last month to see a splendid production of a modern play on its last night of production. It was called "Oil and Water" and we saw it at the very end of May in this theatre. It was my first visit to the Center for Arts. I was pleased that we chose to go to... More

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