The Nutcracker

Lyric Theatre, QPAC

#Every step a magical story

Be captivated by an enchanting Christmas Eve story, featuring a dance by the Sugar Plum fairy and a Waltz of the Flowers in the Land of the Sweets. Share the festive tradition with family and friends as Queensland Ballet brings the lovable characters of The Nutcracker to life.

The story has all the wondrous elements: a buoyant family party, a Christmas tree glittering with ornaments and a surprise magician with presents. As you enter the dream of a young girl, be enchanted by a world of dance featuring mice, toys and lollies that create magic for every imagination.

This classical ballet was first performed in Russia in 1892 and has become a cherished Christmas tradition the world over. Queensland Ballet’s production was choreographed by Ben Stevenson OBE in 1976 and premiered for Brisbane audiences in 2013. Now in its eighth season, be delighted by this Christmas tradition and get whisked away by The Nutcracker.

This production is supported by Valmai Pidgeon AM.


Ben Stevenson OBE

Ben Stevenson OBE


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Nigel Gaynor

Nigel Gaynor


Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Live Music Partner

Desmond Heeley

Desmond Heeley

Costume Designer

Noelene Hill

Noelene Hill

Associate Costume Designer

Thomas Boyd

Thomas Boyd

Set Designer

David Walters

David Walters

Lighting Designer

Cameron Goerg

Lighting Recreator


Date Time Tickets
  • Relaxed Performance
  • Q&A
  • Auslan
  • Q&A


Single Ticket Prices Premium Reserve


Adult $120
Concession $100
30 years & under $85
Child $75


Adult $140
Concession $120
30 years & under $90
Child $80

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Lyric Theatre, QPAC

Cnr Grey and, Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

QPAC's largest and most renowned venue. 

The closest parking is at the Performing Arts Car Park, although the Art Gallery/Museum car park is also close by.

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The performance lasts approximately two hours with one
20-minute interval.


Our tailored accessibility offerings include:


Audio Described

Auslan Q&A

Auslan Interpreted Q&A post show panel discussion with creatives and dancers for selected performances


Relaxed Performances provide a safe and welcoming environment for families with children or people living with autism spectrum disorder and other sensory needs

#Beyond the stage experiences

Going to see Queensland Ballet perform? You can now add something special to your experience with our selection of special programs that complement Queensland Ballet’s live performances throughout each season.

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Centre Stage

Experience ballet class and learn repertoire on stage led by Queensland Ballet Teaching Artists. Features Q&A with Queensland Ballet Artistic or Production Team member, light refreshments and access to view Company dancers take their daily ballet class (Seniors)


Open Company Class

Experience Queensland Ballet Company dancers take their daily ballet class on-stage and a 15-minute Q&A with a Queensland Ballet Artistic or Production Team member (Ages 10+ to Adult)


Adult Masterclass

Active adults with dance experience are invited to learn choreographic repertoire (Ages 18-40, Duration 1 hour 30 minutes)


Youth Masterclass

excel your contemporary and classical technique under guidance from Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Team and industry choreographers (Ages 10-17, Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes


Q&A Post show panel discussion with creatives and dancers

School and Group

School group discounts

Queensland Ballet welcomes schools to purchase discounted group tickets for all season performances, pending availability. To book please click here or call 07 3840 7466


Pre-Performance Workshops for young ballet fans led by Queensland Ballet Education Teaching Artists. (Ages 2-8, Duration 30 minutes)

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