Queensland Ballet The Nutcracker

2 - 23 December
Playhouse, QPAC
2 hours
(including interval, subject to change without notice)
$110 - $180
A transaction fee of $7.20 applies.

Available Discounts

Concession, Youth, Child, Family, Groups, Schools

A sprinkling of Christmas magic for the whole family

Whisk the entire family away this festive season to a magical Christmas Eve party where snowflakes flutter, fireplaces crackle, and enchanted toys come alive to frolic and play in The Nutcracker.

Adapted by renowned choreographer Ben Stevenson OBE from the original 19thcentury Russian classic and featuring the original Tchaikovsky score played live by Queensland Symphony Orchestra, this cherished Queensland Ballet holiday tradition returns to Brisbane for another spell-binding season.

It’s Christmas Eve and under tinsel and twinkling fairylights, young Clara and Fritz are gifted new toys. But a visit from the mysterious Dr Drosselmeyer puts plans in a spin when he gives Clara a special wooden Nutcracker doll.

When the clock strikes twelve, nothing is as it seems! In a daring dreamscape, Clara and the Nutcracker Prince journey across a Lemonade Sea to the Kingdom of Sweets, for a midnight rendezvous of delectable delights and enchanting entertainment.

This hugely popular ballet has been captivating audiences – young and old – across the globe for more than 120 years. Queensland Ballet’s production was choreographed by Ben Stevenson OBE in 1976 and premièred for Brisbane audiences in 2013.

Attendance Information


Selected performances will feature recorded music.

Presented by Queensland Ballet

Special Events

Auslan Interpreted Post Performance Q&A

  • Sat 10 Dec, 1:30 PM

A post show Q&A panel discussion with creatives and dancers will be held on 10th December after the 1.30pm show. This session will be AUSLAN interpreted.


Audio Described

  • Sat 10 Dec, 1:30 PM

Trained Audio Describers provide a commentary with concise descriptions of actions, expressions and gestures to compliment the theatre experience for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Please contact QPAC Group Sales (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm) on (07) 3840 7466 or groups@qpac.com.au for more information and bookings.


  • Fri 16 Dec, 1:30 PM

Relaxed Performances are for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment – this can include but is not limited to people with autism, sensory sensitivities, learning disabilities, dementia as well as those living with anxiety or who have experienced trauma. We focus on relaxing – or adapting – the theatre environment and preparing the audience by developing pre-show resources. During these performances, there is a relaxed attitude to noise, doors remain open and lights while dimmed remain on throughout the performance. You can leave the auditorium to take a break and a designated quiet area is available.


Choreographer Ben Stevenson OBE
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
Conductor Nigel Gaynor                                                               
Costume Designer Desmond Heeley                                                                                            
Associate Costume Designer Noelene Hill
Set Designer Thomas Boyd
Lighting Designer David Walters
Revival Lighting Designer Cameron Goerg
Music performed by** Queensland Symphony Orchestra

**Selected performances will feature recorded music.

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