The Nutcracker

12 December — 23 December, Playhouse, QPAC

Welcome the holiday season with this beloved and magical Christmas tale.

When midnight strikes, young Clara’s enchanted Christmas gift leads her into a wondrous world... with the valiant Nutcracker at her side, Clara defeats King Rat and his giant mice, and journeys to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. There, the Sugar Plum Fairy bids everyone to dance in her honour.

Ben Stevenson’s acclaimed production of The Nutcracker is a sheer delight, with sparkling dance and stunning sets and costumes that bring a host of fanciful characters to life.

The Nutcracker is the perfect festive celebration for the whole family.

From the Artistic Director

Li Cunxin

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The History
The Story
The Characters


  • Friday 12 December — 7:30pm Fri 12 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Saturday 13 December — 1:30pm Sat 13 Dec — 1:30pm
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  • Saturday 13 December — 7:30pm Sat 13 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Tuesday 16 December — 1:30pm Tue 16 Dec — 1:30pm
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  • Tuesday 16 December — 7:30pm Tue 16 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Wednesday 17 December — 7:30pm Wed 17 Dec — 7:30pm
  • Thursday 18 December — 7:30pm Thu 18 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Friday 19 December — 7:30pm Fri 19 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Saturday 20 December — 1:30pm Sat 20 Dec — 1:30pm
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  • Saturday 20 December — 7:30pm Sat 20 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Monday 22 December — 1:30pm Mon 22 Dec — 1:30pm
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  • Monday 22 December — 7:30pm Mon 22 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Tuesday 23 December — 1:30pm Tue 23 Dec — 1:30pm
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  • Tuesday 23 December — 6:30pm Tue 23 Dec — 6:30pm


Adult $90
Concession $80
30 yrs & under $60
Child $50
Family $240 (2 adults, 2 children)

An additional transaction fee of $6.20 applies.

Discounts apply for season ticket packages. Create your own ballet package by choosing just two or more ballets.


Playhouse, QPAC


Groups 8+ $80
One ticket free per group of eight

Schools $25 per student
One teacher free per group of ten

Q&A Post-performance Q&A

After selected performances at QPAC, a panel of creative artists and dancers discusses aspects of the ballet you’ve just seen.


Complimentary Programs

Informative, keepsake programs are distributed free-of-charge at all performances.


Storytellers in the Foyer

Before performances of Coppélia and The Nutcracker (excluding opening nights), storytellers will read these classic tales to children, so they enter the theatre full of expectation and excitement.



Introduce your students to dance through our range of dance workshops for all ages and abilities. Our EdSquad dancers come to your school to deliver safe, educative and inspiring dance experiences.

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Please note: there will be no Orchestra for performances on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 December.


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


Click here to view the production program.

Choreographer Ben Stevenson
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor Andrew Mogrelia
Costume Designer Desmond Heeley
Associate Costume Designer Noelene Hill
Set Designer Tom Boyd
Lighting Designer David Walters

With the Queensland Symphony Orchestra


Supporters of The Nutcracker

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