Swan Lake

5 May — 13 May, Lyric Theatre, QPAC

This classic story of good versus evil is considered one of the greatest ballets of all time.

Young maiden Odette and her friends are victims of a terrible spell that turns them into swans by day, and only at night do they return to human form. To break the spell, the beautiful Odette must find eternal love.

After celebrating his birthday, Prince Siegfried comes across a lake where at midnight Odette transforms from a swan into a beautiful woman. Siegfried falls in love instantly but is tricked and betrayed by the seductive Black Swan, Odile.

True love prevails in this powerful story set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score. Ben Stevenson’s traditional production features exquisite dancing, beautiful costumes and spectacular sets.

The Story

Read the story of Swan Lake.

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The Music

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Odette + Odile

Current and former Principal Ballerinas discuss their approach to the role and their most memorable performance of Swan Lake.

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International ballet star Evgenia Obraztsova to perform Swan Lake

International ballet star Evgenia Obraztsova joins us for Swan Lake

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Open Company Class

Watch our Company class on stage during Swan Lake. Class is a daily ritual for our dancers, and many around the world.

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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.





Company class is a daily ritual for our dancers, and many around the world.

Watch class on stage prior to the matinee performance on Saturday 13 May.



Click here to read the Swan Lake production notes for the classroom.



Internationally renowned Russian ballerina Evgenia Obraztsova will perform on Tuesday 9 May at 6.30pm and Thursday 11 May at 7:30pm.
Evgenia's performances will replace those previously advertised as Alina Cojocaru’s.


2 hours and 10 minutes including a 20 minute interval.





Choreographer Ben Stevenson OBE after Petipa and Ivanov 
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor Nigel Gaynor
Music performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Costume & Set Designer Kristian Fredrikson
Lighting Designer Glenn Hughes
Staged by Tim O'Keefe


  • Friday 5 May — 7:30pm Fri 5 May — 7:30pm
  • Saturday 6 May — 1:30pm Sat 6 May — 1:30pm
  • Saturday 6 May — 7:30pm Sat 6 May — 7:30pm
  • Sunday 7 May — 1:30pm Sun 7 May — 1:30pm
  • Tuesday 9 May — 6:30pm Tue 9 May — 6:30pm
  • Wednesday 10 May — 6:30pm Wed 10 May — 6:30pm
  • Thursday 11 May — 1:30pm Thu 11 May — 1:30pm
  • Thursday 11 May — 7:30pm Thu 11 May — 7:30pm
  • Friday 12 May — 7:30pm Fri 12 May — 7:30pm
  • Saturday 13 May — 1:30pm Sat 13 May — 1:30pm
  • Saturday 13 May — 7:30pm Sat 13 May — 7:30pm


Adult $140
Concession $120
30 and Under $90
Child $80

A Reserve
Adult $115
Concession $95
30 and Under $75
Child $65
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $320

B Reserve
Adult $95
Concession $80
30 and Under $65
Child $55
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $270

C Reserve
Adult $85
Concession $75
30 and Under $60
Child $50
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $240

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.

Concession: Full Pensioners, QLD Government Seniors Card, Industry (MEAA) Members, Full-time students over 30, Unemployed. National Seniors Card not applicable.

30 yrs & under: Aged 30 years old and under at the time of booking.

Child: Aged 13 years old and under at the time of booking.


Lyric Theatre, QPAC

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Groups 8+ $95
One ticket free per group of eight

Schools $30 per student
One teacher free per group of ten

Have Your Say

BackstageView MoreBehind the Scenes of Swan Lake
A young swan's first flight
Yanela Pinera becomes Odette/Odile
Swan Lake - Backstage with the Big Swans