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National Arts Centre

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Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
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Address: 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5W1, Canada
Phone Number: 613 947 7000
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The adventures of a black girl in search of God - don't miss it!

Just watched this play tonight. It is truly amazing, inspiring and real. Great acting, singing and dancing. Written in a way that examines the serious subjects of death, love and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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English first
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just watched this play tonight. It is truly amazing, inspiring and real. Great acting, singing and dancing. Written in a way that examines the serious subjects of death, love and life with peace, humour and an appreciation for living. Don't miss this. Best play I've seen in years. Only a few days left!

Thank travelhoundOttawa
Quebec City, Canada
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great show and a beautiful theatre. However, two sound problems during the show was disappointing. It was the first time I encountered sound difficulties for a musical.

Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Enjoyed last evening at the NAC watching The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God. Simple but effective staging; my wife liked the water. Well acted / sung / danced; strong performances by all. A bit long (2 hours 45 min) and worth every minute. Just eat before you go (mea culpa). A very enjoyable evening as well... More 

Thank Robert L
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Southam Hall at the NAC was designed in the 1960s with a view to housing opera, symphony concerts and Broadway hits. Unfortunately the acoustics suffer, as an opera house needs a completely different shape than a concert hall. Any soloist playing with the orchestra is hardly heard up in the balcony. James Ehnes' violin, and Jablonski's piano almost disappeared when... More 

Thank Geoff R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We made our visit recently to experience the NAC Orchestra accompanied by Lang Lang and Alexander Shelley at the NAC Gala event. Completely spur of the moment decision we bought tickets the day before and its an evening I will never forget. The orchestra was fantastic and Alexander Shelley and Lang Lang put on a show that I doubt can... More 

2 Thank rocketnc
Ottawa, Canada
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

A facility with four great venues that should have something for almost anyone. We are there 14 or 15 times during the year seeing everything from theatre to dance and orchestra performances. We also take in some of the travelling broadway shows as they come through.

1 Thank Andyshoes
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81 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

It is an older venue but still such a great space. Have seen the orchestra, movie pops, bands and all sound great with super acoustics. Great seats at any point!

1 Thank Canuck123
Port Elgin, Canada
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed a leisurely day wandering through the National Arts Centre. We especially enjoyed the Canadian and Aboriginal exhibits. It made us proud of being Canadian. We were showing an exchange student from the Chech Republic around Ottawa and knew the Arts Centre was a must.

Thank June V
Ottawa, Canada
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86 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great place to see different types of show (musicals, ballet, dance, theatre, opera, comedy,...). They offer different types of show rooms (smaller to very big). Visit the website to learn more about the upcoming shows. When I was a kid, I use to have my ballet recital there...so you can also rent the place for your own venue.

Thank lyse b
Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great venue for both concerts and theatre. Acoustics are great as is seating and the bar facilities are very good offering timely service. The one negative is limited bathroom facilities particularly for women.

Thank Gary L

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