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National Arts Centre

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Reviewed 3 days ago

From concerts to plays, the NAC attracts major performers, but the atmosphere is comfortable and cozy!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KeenanWellar
Reviewed 3 days ago

We purchased a series of 5 shows from the Pop Series and have been pleasantly surprised by all events that we have attended. A great evening out and top notch entertainment. The orchestra and the vocalists have been outstanding and many of the vocalists have...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Up2wn
Reviewed 19 November 2018

Visited the NAC to attend a Gordon Lightfoot concert...excellent venue. This building has great acoustics regardless of who is performing. Great place to hold a small, intimate concert. Drinks were very reasonably priced as well.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KSBouch
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

Went there to see the Remembrance Day service. The building is very large with many latrines throughout. The cafe is very expensive, but the coffees and hot chocolates are very nice.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LegoDad77
Reviewed 24 October 2018

Went for our first large production since the NAC was renovated last year. Sound was great. Main seating area seemed more spacious, probably because of the added alleys. Not so much in the nosebleed section, where they had less options. Room temperature was an issue...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Charles G
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

I love going here. When I come to visit Ottawa, i always check to see what's playing. Broadway, dance, orchestra...a wide variety of programming is available. I love the recent renovations and the fact there are no bad seats in the house. The staff is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Luvsalaugh
Reviewed 21 September 2018

Ugly brutalist style building as cold and unattractive as the city that it's in. Would not return. Too much french programming.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 20 September 2018

Having been a client since 1971, the changes to the Centre have made it more friendly with its open everyday public spaces. The orchestra has now a sound space worthy of its abilities and the audience can at last appreciate how good this orchestra really...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Da6dL
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Truly, an incredible experience. All seats in Southam Hall are comfortable with good sight lines. The new orchestra shell is amazing and allows the orchestra to sound even better - if that is possible. The conductor, Alexander Shelley, is warm, engaging, and funny. He obviously...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CathyV63
Reviewed 24 August 2018

This was the revised show which was not as good as the original but I still enjoyed it. Not crazy about the seats. I liked the old theatre better. Better to get seats on the main floor than the balconies as they are extremely cramped.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Dave S
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