Playhouse, QPAC

Playhouse, QPAC

#Love and mayhem collide in this airy, light-hearted ballet with Australian flair.

A beautiful, life-like doll and two quarrelling young lovers create comic chaos in this spirited ballet with a twist. 

Set in the sun-drenched South Australian town of Hahndorf in the late 19th century, this mischievous story has a distinctly regional atmosphere featuring colourful, endearing characters inspired by history.  

Six years after the arrival of Dr Coppelius in their village, Swanilda and her friends are intrigued by Coppélia – the bright young woman that appears on his balcony. Jealous of her sweetheart Franz’s interest in the doctor’s mysterious ‘daughter’, Swanilda sneaks into his house to confront her rival. But all is not as it seems – and when the doctor discovers Franz is another intruder, delightful mayhem follows!  

Choreographer Greg Horsman, after Arthur Saint-Léon and Marius Petipa, has created a touching and witty production – with a vivid Australian aesthetic. With joyful dance and the charming music of Léo Delibes, Coppélia is a light-hearted ballet that will charm audiences.

Created at the end of the Romantic era, it was loosely adapted from Arthur Saint-Léon’s three-act ballet first performed by the Paris Opera in 1870 and incorporates elements of both Romanticism and Classicism. The plot was inspired by ETA Hoffmann’s stories Der Sandmann (The Sandman) and Die Puppe (The Doll). Rich in humour and storytelling, Coppélia is a co-production between Queensland Ballet and West Australian Ballet.

A co-production of Queensland Ballet and West Australian Ballet, first performed in Brisbane, Australia, on 24 April 2014.

Coppélia is a classical ballet in three acts. Original libretto by Charles Nuitter, based on ETA Hoffmann’s stories, Der Sandmann (The Sandman) and Die Puppe (The Doll).

#“This is a beautiful looking  Coppélia.”

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7 - 22 June 2024

Russell Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101

1 - 2 November 2024

135 Bundall Rd
Surfers Paradise
QLD 4217

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Approximately two hours and 20 minutes, including two 20-minute intervals.


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Greg Horsman

Greg Horsman

Choreographer (after Arthur Saint-Léon & Marius Petipa)

Nigel Gaynor

Nigel Gaynor

Music Arranger and Conductor

Noelene Hill

Noelene Hill

Costume Designer

Hugh Colman

Hugh Colman

Set Designer

Jon Buswell

Jon Buswell

Lighting Designer

Cameron Goerg

Cameron Goerg

Revival Lighting Designer (HOTA)

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Live Music Partner

#Important information


A complimentary printed program is available at the performance. We encourage you to please take one between two. You can also download a digital version of the Coppélia program.

Cast sheets

Find out which dancers will be performing before you attend. All performance cast sheets for Coppélia are available below. Cast sheets are subject to changes, but updated daily.

Group bookings

QPAC offer concessions for school and adult group bookings via the QPAC website. To make an enquiry click the link below, or contact the QPAC team on (07) 3840 7466 or at

Plan your visit

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Coppélia Teachers’ Resource Kit

Through our Teachers’ Resource Kit, featuring curriculum aligned activities and information, discover Coppélia with your students.

#Related events

Performances at HOTA

1 - 2 November 2024

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Post-performance Q&A

Saturday 8 June 2024 - 1.30pm

Auslan interpreted post-performance Q&A panel discussion with creatives and dancers.

Audio Described Performance

Saturday 15 June 2024 - 1.30pm

Trained Audio Describers provide commentary, which is transmitted via an earpiece.


We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and perform. Long before we performed on this land, it played host to the dance expression of our First Peoples. We pay our respects to their Elders — past, present and emerging — and acknowledge the valuable contribution they have made and continue to make to the cultural landscape of this country.

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