The Nutcracker

11 December — 23 December, Playhouse, QPAC

Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful Christmas ballet.

At midnight on Christmas Eve, little Clara begins a magical journey into a wondrous world of toys who come to life, King Rat and his giant mice, delicate dancing snowflakes and the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy, who reigns over the Kingdom of Sweets.
Ben Stevenson’s much-loved production of The Nutcracker has quickly become a seasonal tradition in Brisbane. Gorgeous sets and costumes and stunning dance combine with Tchaikovsky’s evocative music to make The Nutcracker the perfect festive entertainment.
From the Artistic Director

Li Cunxin

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The History

Since its less than auspicious première over 120 years ago, The Nutcracker has travelled far from St Petersburg. 

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The Story

The story is based on German writer, Ernst Theodore Amadeus Hoffmann's, Der Nussknacker und der Mausekönig

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The Music

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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  • Friday 11 December — 7:30pm Fri 11 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Saturday 12 December — 7:30pm Sat 12 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Tuesday 15 December — 1:30pm Tue 15 Dec — 1:30pm
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  • Tuesday 15 December — 6:30pm Tue 15 Dec — 6:30pm
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  • Wednesday 16 December — 7:30pm Wed 16 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Thursday 17 December — 1:30pm Thu 17 Dec — 1:30pm
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  • Thursday 17 December — 7:30pm Thu 17 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Friday 18 December — 7:30pm Fri 18 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Saturday 19 December — 1:30pm Sat 19 Dec — 1:30pm
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  • Saturday 19 December — 7:30pm Sat 19 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Monday 21 December — 7:30pm Mon 21 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Tuesday 22 December — 1:30pm Tue 22 Dec — 1:30pm
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  • Tuesday 22 December — 6:30pm Tue 22 Dec — 6:30pm
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  • Wednesday 23 December — 1:30pm Wed 23 Dec — 1:30pm
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  • Wednesday 23 December — 7:30pm Wed 23 Dec — 7:30pm
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Adult $95
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

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

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


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



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

Click here to read The Nutcracker program.



Before performances of Peter Pan, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, 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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The performance lasts approximately two hours with one 20-minute interval.


Choreographer Ben Stevenson
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
With the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Andrew Mogrelia
Set Designer Thomas Boyd
Costume Designer Desmond Heeley
Associate Costume Designer Noelene Hill
Lighting Designer David Walters

Please note: The performances on Wednesday 16 December at Monday 21 December will feature recorded music.

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