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An institution of immense importance in the lives of artists and art lovers in Ottawa, the history of the Arts Court Theatre goes back to 1870. The building houses the SAW Gallery, Finestone Collection of Canadian Art and more than 25 other art organizations. Several spaces within the building are also available for meetings and rehearsals.
This non-professional community theater has been producing plays since 1913; they are known for their high quality performances generated by a dedicated group of volunteers. Ottawa Little Theatre runs eight productions from September through May, and one popular musical production in the summer season. Tickets are reasonable and the atmosphere is relaxed yet highly professional for a community theater. Recent seasons have included everything from Noel Coward's Waiting in the Wings to John Bishop's The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.
The Gladstone Theatre is counted as one of the finest performing arts venues of Ottawa. Hosting a well-curated program of theatricals overlooked by a collaborated of several stand-alone theater groups, it served as the erstwhile venue for the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Remodeled as a striking Art Deco structure n the year 2008, it has played venue to some notable acts by local production firms like Same Day Theatre, Bear & Co., Black Sheep Theatre and SevenThirty Productions, among others.
Founded in 1975, the Great Canadian Theatre Company is Ottawa's oldest professional theater company. Located in the heart of Ottawa's Italian Village, this 230-seat theater is dedicated to producing original Canadian works, and its location is perfect for catching a bite to eat before or after the show. The stage is small and intimate, and some of Canada's finest folk musicians play to packed audiences during evenings dedicated to musical performances.
Located on the Wellington Street West in Ottawa, the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre has seen a constant rise in its popularity each year. This is due to the mix of events that are scheduled here regularly. Be it the productions of the magnificent Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) held inside the main stage theater or the beautiful fine art exhibits held inside the The Fritzi Gallery, or live music from the Acoustic Waves music series, this one captures the imagination of all the theater, art and music lovers.
One of the premier spaces in Ottawa, the Centrepointe Theatre has seen several extraordinary performances since its opening in the year 1988. Showcasing performances such as Little Women by the Orpheus Music Society, The Nutcracker and others, the theater has gained much popularity among drama connoisseurs. Centrepointe Theatre varied shows that appeal to people of all age groups and tastes, and is one of the quality entertainment destinations of the city.