Queensland Ballet The Nutcracker

Now Playing
Playhouse, QPAC
2 hours
(including interval, subject to change without notice)
$128 - $180 *
* A transaction fee of $7.20 applies.

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Concession, Youth, Child, Family, Groups, Schools

Celebrate the most magical and popular of holiday traditions as Queensland Ballet presents The Nutcracker.

The festive favourite returns for its eleventh year to captivate Queensland audiences once again with a dazzling winter wonderland where anything is possible. Fireplaces crackle, snowflakes flutter, and enchanted toys come alive to frolic and play to delight families of all ages this Christmas season.

It’s Christmas Eve and when the clock strikes twelve, nothing is as it seems! Follow Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they journey across a Lemonade Sea to the Kingdom of Sweets, for a midnight rendezvous of delectable delights and mesmerizing entertainment. Featuring all the character favourites: the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King, Drosselmeyer, and more, this is ballet magic at its best.

Steeped in history, the original Russian classic version of The Nutcracker was first presented in 1892. Queensland Ballet’s production was choreographed by renowned choreographer Ben Stevenson OBE in 1976, and premiered for Brisbane audiences in 2013 – Artistic Director Li Cunxin’s inaugural year with the company.

Share in our magic this Christmas as Queensland Ballet presents its most cherished annual tradition for the whole family.

Presenting Partner – Sealy of Australia 

Presented by Queensland Ballet

Special Events

Post Performance Q&A

  • Sat 9 Dec, 1:30 PM

30 Minute Q&A after the performance featuring cast and creatives.


Bookings for accessibility enhanced performances can be made through QTIX Group Sales: (07) 3840 7466 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm) or groups@qtix.com.au.


  • Fri 15 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.


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

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