The Ottawa Little Theatre, originally called the Ottawa Drama League at its inception in 1913, is the longest-running community theatre company in Canada. Based in the Canada's capital city, it presents nine plays per year from September through July.Arrange your visit to Ottawa Little Theatre and discover more family-friendly attractions in Ottawa using our Ottawa trip planning site.
The OLT's longevity is surprising, given that it receives very little government funding, and was completely destroyed by fire in 1970. Its income is derived mostly from ticket sales and donations, with supplements from renting out props, costumes, and theatre space as well as running drama workshops and training programs.
A number of Canadian actors have cut their teeth on OLT's stage, including Dan Aykroyd, Michael Burgess, Rich Little, Adam Beach, Saul Rubinek and more. Famed photographer Yousuf Karsh also has a rich history with the Ottawa Little Theatre as it was there he learned about lighting and met his first wife, Solonge. The theatre has several original photographs of Karsh on display.
The importance of Ottawa Little Theatre to the arts in Ottawa is discussed in the September 2007 issue of (Cult)ure Magazine.
Ottawa Little Theatre Reviews
Small, intimate theatre offering a variety of plays. The seats were comfortable and it seemed like the view of the stage was good from every seat. We sat further from the stage in row L, and the... more »
saw of mice and men, main actors, especially challenged lenny and george were excellent, others very good. enjoyed the tension and surprise ending. more »
I love this place. The times I’ve been, never disappoint . Many different type of plays that you can choose from. Place is clean and well taken care of. If you want front row seats go during the week to the ticket office and buy your tickets . Online is almost impossible to get front row .
I love this place. Plays are always so well done for a bunch of volunteers. Staff is amazing and friendly too,
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