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The Nutcracker

Playhouse, QPAC

Playhouse, QPAC

#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 19th century Russian classic and featuring the original Tchaikovsky score by Queensland Symphony Orchestra, this cherished Queensland Ballet holiday tradition returns to Brisbane for its tenth 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.

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Adult from$110
Concession from$94
30 years & under from$88
Child from$66
Adult from$128
Concession from$108
30 years & under from$102
Child from$77
Family from$284
5+ people from$94
School group$35


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Playhouse, QPAC 

Russell St, South Brisbane,
Brisbane QLD 4101


Approximately 2 hours, including a 20-minute interval


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Ben Stevenson OBE

Ben Stevenson OBE


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Nigel Gaynor

Nigel Gaynor


Desmond Heeley

Desmond Heeley

Costume Designer

Noelene Hill

Noelene Hill

Associate Costume Designer

Thomas Boyd

Set Designer

David Walters

David Walters

Lighting Designer

Cameron Goerg

Cameron Goerg

Revival Lighting Designer

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Music Performers

The Nutcracker Children's Workshops

Create lasting memories and dance with Queensland Ballet Teaching Artists. These pre-performance workshops for children explore characters, storytelling and ballet moves from the production.

Group Bookings

QPAC offers a dedicated groups sales team for schools and group bookings via the QPAC website.

Plan Your Visit

Everything you need to know before your trip to the theatre.

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Adult $130
Concession¹ $110
30 years & under² $104
Child³ $78
Family⁴ $292


Adult $110
Concession¹ $94
30 years & under² $88
Child³ $66
Family⁴ $248


Premium $111
A Reserve $94
Each group of 5 receives the sixth ticket free.





Adult $150
Concession¹ $128
30 years & under² $120
Child³ $90
Family⁴ $336


Adult $128
Concession¹ $108
30 years & under² $102
Child³ $77
Family⁴ $284


Premium $128
A Reserve $109
Each group of 5 receives the sixth ticket free.

¹Full Pensioners, QLD Government Seniors Card, Industry (MEAA) Members, Full-time students over 30, Unemployed. National Seniors Card not applicable

²Aged 30 years old and under at the time of booking, ID required

³Aged 13 years old and under at the time of booking – children aged 18 months and over must hold a ticket

⁴2 Adults and 2 Children

Selected ticket delivery methods may incur an additional charge. The minimum price listed may be available for selected performances only. Please see the event calendar when booking for the available date(s) and time(s) of this performance.

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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and perform. Long before we performed on this land, it played host to the dance expression of our First Peoples. We pay our respects to their Elders — past, present and emerging — and acknowledge the valuable contribution they have made and continue to make to the cultural landscape of this country.

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