The Extremely Short New Play Festival 2014


This year’s Festival features new works from a wonderful mix of established and emerging playwrights. The Extremely Short New Play Festival is a juried festival of plays under 10 minutes in length.

November 19th to November 30 at 8 pm Tuesday to Sunday

matinees on Nov 22, 29, 30 at 2pm

tickets: General $25 / Students $20 / Seniors $20

Where: Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave

 Tickets Online >


“Under John Koensgen’s smooth direction, Mary Ellis, Gabrielle Lazarovitz, Brad Long and John Muggleton bring the 10 scripts to life. Consistently fine performances make the most of each of the pieces.”

– Iris Winston, Capital Critics Circle

Brad Long in "Dream On"








“As always, there’s a professional flow to the evening, with one play giving way to the next with a minimum of fuss. And most importantly, the playbill again features a quartet of solid actors giving their all to the material.”

– Jamie Portman, Capital Critics Circle









“Pierre Brault’s fast-moving and funny Quartet rounds out the festival. It features all four actors as badly matched blind dates sitting at adjacent tables. Koensgen has done a nice job of orchestrating the intercut dialogue, the characters’ inappropriateness for each other, and Brault’s look at the disharmony of loneliness. ”

– Patrick Langston, Ottawa Citizen


Simon Callow applauds The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare

Simon Callow attended yesterday evening a performance of The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare and complimented the New Theatre of Ottawa on their award-winning Canadian production:


What a fantastically good show the New Theatre of Ottawa has brought to Edinburgh: a really fresh take on Shakespeare, performed with virtuosity and generosity by the brilliant David Warburton, taking one into the heart of the Jacobean Theatre, and out of it, to see where life and art join up – or don’t. Should be sold out every night.”


The Player’s Advice to Shakespearehas also enjoyed a string of 4-star reviews from the Edinburgh press:


★★★★ Broadway Baby “Strong, highly engaging piece of theatre”

★★★★ The Public Reviews “Tremendous solo performance”
★★★★ Theatre Guide London “Charm and forceful playing”

★★★★ Edinburgh Spotlight “Absorbing and thought-provoking”


Edinburgh audiences have five more chances to see the show before it closes on Monday, 25th August. The New Theatre of Ottawa intends to tour the production in the UK in 2015. 



Visit our site for The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare for all the information about the show in Ottawa and Edinburgh. Also links to tickets for both and how you can help us make this exciting venture happen. Support us by visiting the site and exploring all of our achievements and goals. Just click on this link:

The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare

To contact the author Brian Stewart just leave a message on our play website.

Ottawa: 738a Bank St. (at Second Avenue), July 18- 20 and July 25-27.  

Edinburgh: July 30 to August 25 C-Nova Studio 2 (Victoria St., India Buildings)



Get Your Tickets to the Ottawa Run of The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare

You can now get your tickets on for the limited number of Ottawa performances of the hit playThe Player’s Advice to Shakespeare. It opens on July 18th at 8PM and runs the 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, and 27th. There are matinees at 2pm on July 20th and 27th! This is your only opportunity to see what Ottawa critics’ have called “a defining moment of theatre in this city”.

You can order tickets for July 18th, 19th and 20th here:

and for the 25th, 26th and 27th here:

Party for the Player

New Theatre of Ottawa is throwing a party to support our tour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year with The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare. The party starts at 7:30pm on April 6 at Cube Gallery. Dish Catering is preparing the food and it will be fantastic! There will be a pie throwing event with celebrities taking one for the company (that’s a secret for now but we’ll let you know who soon)! Plus much more! Don’t miss this great event to help us get to Edinburgh with The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite here’s the link

See you there!

New Theatre of Ottawa
 Now Accepting Submissions
The 3rd Annual
 Extremely Short New Play Festival


Sharpen your pencils! It’s that time again! NTO is now accepting short play submissions for the Third Annual Extremely Short New Play Festival. Submissions have to be less than 10 minutes (less is ok!), they must tell a story (whatever that means to you), have less than four characters on stage at the same time and have simple set and props requirements… and that’s about it!

Send your submissions to
as either a Word or PDF attachment. To help keep our sanity there’s a limit of two plays per author. The deadline for submission is July 31, 2014. At the end of September the selected plays will be announced. The Festival is at the Arts Court Theatre from November 19th to December 1st, 2014 (we added an extra day). For more information send us an email.