The Nutcracker


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.


★ ★ ★ ★ 'World Class' – Arts Hub 
"...guaranteed box office bonanza …' – Dance Australia

#Creatives

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Ben Stevenson OBE

Ben Stevenson OBE

Choreographer

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Composer

Nigel Gaynor

Nigel Gaynor

Conductor

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

Music Performers

Price

Single tickets on sale from 9am 13 December 2021.


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Venue

Playhouse, QPAC 

QPAC,
Russell St, South Brisbane,
Brisbane QLD 4101


Accessibility

Audio Described
Relaxed Performance

Duration

2 hours and 40 minutes, including two 20-minute intervals

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Post Show Q&A

Q&A Post show panel discussion with creatives and dancers. These will be held Tuesday 6th December after the 6.30pm show, and Saturday 10th December after the 1.30pm show.

Audio Described Shows

Audio described shows will be held on Saturday 10th December at 1.30pm.

Group Bookings

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

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