The Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) is a professional theatre company based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It was established in 1975 by a group of professors and graduate students at Carleton University. Riding a wave of cultural nationalism, founders Robin Mathews, Larry McDonald, Bill Law, Greg Reid and Lois Shannon envisioned a theatre company that would produce only Canadian plays, especially those with social and political relevance. Driven by a dream to place Canadian stories and Canadian history front and centre in our country’s universities and theatres, the company launched its first production in August 1975.Before you head to Ottawa, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Ottawa trip planner, to make sure you see all that Ottawa has to offer, including Great Canadian Theatre Company.
The group has its origins in a season of Canadian theatre produced by the Sock 'n' Buskin Theatre Company at Carleton University. From Carleton, the company moved to a converted firehall in Ottawa South (presently the Ottawa South Community Centre) and then, in 1982, to the Gladstone Theatre on Gladstone Avenue. In September 2007 the company moved into a larger venue called the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre
The Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, which includes a 262-seat mainstage theatre, a flexible black box studio theatre, and two spacious lobbies, has allowed GCTC to expand its community-based activities. More than 35,000 people visit the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre every year to see productions by GCTC and other live performing arts companies, for concerts such as the Acoustic Waves music series, to visit the Lorraine Fritzi Yale Art Gallery, rent the facility, or to enjoy local homemade fare at the Viva Loca Café.
The September 2007 issue of (Cult)ure Magazine described the GCTC as "Ottawa’s pre-eminent promoter of Canadian theatrical content."
Among playwrights whose works have been performed by the company are:
George F. Walker
Great Canadian Theatre Company Reviews
The Great Canadian Theatre Company is a repertory company with its own purpose built theatre in the affluent Hintonburg district to the west of Ottawa. It currently advertises its Prismatic Season... more »
Productions here are excellent and also support the Ottawa Community. They are topical and organized. Always a pleasure to attend. more »
We just saw Bang Bang at the GCTC and we highly recommend it. Although it is about a serious subject, there is actually a lot of humour in it. The audience gave it a well-deserved standing ovation.
Create plays that always entertain. The facility and location is excellent in the heart of Hintonburg/Wesrboro. An annual subscription is well worth it!
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