The Nutcracker

9 December — 23 December, Playhouse, QPAC

Bring the whole family to enjoy this family Christmas favourite. 

At midnight on Christmas Eve, little Clara begins a magical journey into a wondrous world where toys 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 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 ballet. 

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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Canberra Tour

We take The Nutcracker to the national capital.

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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 view The Nutcracker program.



Click here to view the full range of merchandise available at the theatre during The Nutcracker season.

Please note merchandise is subject to availability.


Join in the festive fun in the theatre foyer as we bring the spirit of Christmas alive with decorated trees, a snow-laden play house and Christmas themed colouring-in. Children can play our interactive QB Junior games on ipads and families can take photos with our Snowflake dancer for the perfect Nutcracker keepsake.


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 live orchestra at the Monday 19 December at 6.30pm performance, it will be performed to recorded music.



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


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



  • Friday 9 December — 7:30pm Fri 9 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Saturday 10 December — 1:30pm Sat 10 Dec — 1:30pm
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  • Saturday 10 December — 7:30pm Sat 10 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Tuesday 13 December — 12:30pm Tue 13 Dec — 12:30pm
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  • Tuesday 13 December — 6:30pm Tue 13 Dec — 6:30pm
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  • Wednesday 14 December — 1:30pm Wed 14 Dec — 1:30pm
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  • Wednesday 14 December — 7:30pm Wed 14 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Thursday 15 December — 7:30pm Thu 15 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Friday 16 December — 7:30pm Fri 16 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Saturday 17 December — 7:30pm Sat 17 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Monday 19 December — 6:30pm Mon 19 Dec — 6:30pm
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    Performance performed to recorded music
  • Tuesday 20 December — 12:30pm Tue 20 Dec — 12:30pm
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  • Tuesday 20 December — 6:30pm Tue 20 Dec — 6:30pm
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  • Wednesday 21 December — 1:30pm Wed 21 Dec — 1:30pm
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  • Wednesday 21 December — 7:30pm Wed 21 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Thursday 22 December — 1:30pm Thu 22 Dec — 1:30pm
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  • Thursday 22 December — 7:30pm Thu 22 Dec — 7:30pm
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  • Friday 23 December — 1:30pm Fri 23 Dec — 1:30pm
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Adult $100
Concession $85
30 yrs & under $65
Child $55
Family $275 (2 Adults & 2 Children)

An additional transaction fee of $6.95 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+ $85
One ticket free per group of eight

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

BackstageView MoreBehind the Scenes of The Nutcracker
Highlights - The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker - 2015
The Nutcracker - Lighting