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 ninth season, be delighted by this Christmas tradition and get whisked away by The Nutcracker.

This production is supported by Valmai Pidgeon AM.

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

★ ★ ★ ★ 'World Class' - ArtsHub
'...guaranteed box office bonanza...' - Dance Australia

Please see updated COVID safety requirements here.


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

Set Designer

David Walters

David Walters

Lighting Designer

Cameron Goerg

Cameron Goerg

Lighting Recreator


Single Ticket Prices Premium Reserve


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30 years & under$90


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Lyric Theatre, QPAC


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#Post Show Q&A

Held on Tuesday 21st Dec after the 7.30pm show.

#Group Bookings

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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

#COVID safety update

You will need to provide proof of vaccination or medical exemption from vaccination to attend this performance. The easiest way to do this is to link your vaccination certificate or medical exemption to the Check In Qld app (instructions on how to do this are here). If you do not have a smart phone, you will need to bring a hard copy of your vaccination certificate or medical exemption with you.

If you will not be fully vaccinated before the booked date of your performance, you will not be able to attend however you are eligible for a full refund prior to the performance. If this is the case for you, please contact our QTIX Team on 136 246 or via for a full refund.

#The Nutcracker Q & A