Queensland Ballet Coppélia

7 - 22 Jun 2024
Playhouse, QPAC
2 hours 20 minutes
(includes two intervals, subject to change without notice)
$107 - $156 *
* A transaction fee of $7.20 applies.

Available Discounts

Concession, Youth, Child, Groups, Schools

Love and mayhem collide in this airy, light-hearted ballet with Australian flair

A beautiful, life-like doll and two quarrelling young lovers create comic chaos in this spirited ballet with a twist.

Set in the sun-drenched South Australian town of Hahndorf in the late 19th century, this mischievous story has a distinctly regional atmosphere featuring colourful, endearing characters inspired by history.

Six years after the arrival of Dr Coppelius in their village, Swanilda and her friends are intrigued by Coppélia – the bright young woman that appears on his balcony. Jealous of her sweetheart Franz’s interest in the doctor’s mysterious ‘daughter’, Swanilda sneaks into his house to confront her rival. But all is not as it seems – and when the doctor discovers Franz is another intruder, delightful mayhem follows!

Choreographer Greg Horsman, after Arthur Saint-Léon and Marius Petipa, has created a touching and witty production – with a vivid Australian aesthetic. With joyful dance and the charming music of Léo DelibesCoppélia is a light-hearted ballet that will charm audiences of all ages.

Created at the end of the Romantic era, it was loosely adapted from Arthur Saint-Léon’s three-act ballet first performed by the Paris Opera in 1870 and incorporates elements of both Romanticism and Classicism. The plot was inspired by ETA Hoffmann’s stories Der Sandmann (The Sandman) and Die Puppe (The Doll). Rich in humour and storytelling, Coppélia is a co-production between Queensland Ballet and West Australian Ballet.

A co-production of Queensland Ballet and West Australian Ballet, first performed in Brisbane, Australia, on 24 April 2014.

Presented by Queensland Ballet

Special Events

Post-Performance Q&A

  • Sat 8 Jun 2024, 1:30 PM

Auslan Interpreted Post-Performance Q&A.


To book the below accessibility enhanced performances please call QTIX Group Sales: (07) 3840 7466 or email groups@qtix.com.au.

Audio Described

  • Sat 15 Jun 2024, 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. Description is relayed via a discreet headset linked to the infrared audio system.


  • Choreographer Greg Horsman, after Arthur Saint-Léon and Marius Petipa
  • Music Lèo Delibes
  • Music Arranger and Conductor Nigel Gaynor
  • Costume Designer Noelene Hill
  • Set Designer Hugh Colman
  • Lighting Designer Jon Buswell
  • Music performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra
This is a beautiful looking Coppélia; Hugh Coleman’s sparse set design is awash with the browns, creams and greys of the Australian outback, framing a wide-open Australian sky of a cyclorama evocatively lit by Jon Buswell.
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