Derek Deane’s The Lady of the Camellias
Derek Deane’s The Lady of the Camellias

Derek Deane’s The Lady of the Camellias

performed by Shanghai Ballet

Lyric Theatre, QPAC

Lyric Theatre, QPAC

#A glittering tale of Parisian love and tragedy

Queensland Ballet is proud to present Derek Deane OBE's The Lady of the Camellias by Shanghai Ballet, in a season exclusive to Brisbane. 

Based on the landmark 1848 novel by French author Alexandre Dumas fils, this tale of forbidden love and tragedy has inspired countless stage, operatic and film productions, including the feature film and award-winning musical Moulin Rouge!, and Verdi’s opera La Traviata.  

The story follows Marguerite Gautier, regarded as the most beautiful and brazen courtesan in all of Paris and known as The Lady of the Camellias as she is never seen without her favourite flowers. In 19th century France, she discovers and falls in love with Armand, a young and handsome bourgeois, and embarks on a passionate romance.  

Featuring sumptuous choreography, exquisite set designs and elegant costumes, this compelling production was created by distinguished British choreographer Derek Deane OBE (Strictly Gershwin). Music by American composer Carl Davis will transport audiences to Paris. 

The brilliant Shanghai Ballet was founded more than 40 years ago, and is a sister company to Queensland Ballet, renowned for its classic masterpieces, contemporary ballets, and Chinese historical dance dramas.  

Premiering in 2019, Derek Deane OBE’s The Lady of the Camellias is a celebration of literature, love, and art told through the artform of lyrical dance.

Music details to be confirmed closer to the performance. Performed by arrangement with Faber Music Ltd, London.  

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Group 6+$124


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Cnr Grey & Melbourne Streets
South Brisbane
QLD 4101


Approximately two hours and 20 minutes, including one 20-minute interval.


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Derek Deane OBE

Derek Deane OBE


Ivan Gil-Ortega

Ivan Gil-Ortega

Assistant to the Choreographer

Carl Davis


Adam Nee

Scenery and Costume Designer

Friðþjófur Þorsteinsson

Lighting Designer

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