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National Arts Centre

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Address: 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5W1, Canada
Phone Number: 613 947 7000
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Ballet!!

Went to see the National Ballet perform ALice in Wonderland- first time to this theater but not to ballet! Was a little confusing to negotiate the busy lobby and the inside is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Annette B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to see the National Ballet perform ALice in Wonderland- first time to this theater but not to ballet! Was a little confusing to negotiate the busy lobby and the inside is a little dated but I hear its going to have an overhaul, but the theater itself is a marvel. The accoustics were perfect! Will be returning in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

1st time to live theater and had a great time. we sat in the 3rd row almost center stage. The show was great a wonderful xmas gift from our son and his wife.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

An evening at the NAC is always special. This is our third year running with a subscription to the Pops concerts. They are each unique, with guest conductors (usually Jack Everly) and special themes and/or guest performers. Last Friday Natalie MacMaster fiddled and step danced her way across the stage with our own NAC orchestra accompaniment. The venue, although beautiful,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

An very enjoyable interpretation by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Easy access, pricey drinks (of course), and boy did it get hot inside during the performance for some reason. However, will always go back. Seeing the Wizard of Oz later this month.

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Thank maoneill
Ottawa, Canada
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

This was my 3rd visit to the NAC with my daughter to watch the Nutcracker ballet. The parking was smooth and I expected to pay a premium for parking being that we're downtown and the bill was $11. I'd like to address the lack of bathrooms for female patrons, and the bathroom itself is outdated. Also, the bar service is... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

This facility is a national treasure and the staff and very friendly and helpful. I consider myself to be lucky to have access to an arts facility of this calibre.

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Thank Sandra S
Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

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!

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Thank travelhoundOttawa
Quebec City, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

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.

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Ottawa, Canada
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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 

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Ottawa, Canada
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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 

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