The Nutcracker

Lyric Theatre, QPAC

Lyric Theatre, QPAC

#A dazzling festive treat for the whole family.

A sparkling winter wonderland awaits in the delightful holiday ballet, The Nutcracker.  

Snowflakes flutter, fireplaces crackle, and midnight dreams come to life in this much-loved tale that takes place one frosty Christmas Eve night. Filled with magic, excitement and dreamy delights, this rich story ballet will enchant families of all ages. 

As the festive party winds down and the clock strikes 12, join young Clara on a magical adventure as toys awaken, and soldiers and mice frolic and play! Travel through a delectable dreamscape of the Lemonade Sea and Kingdom of Sweets, as Clara encounters the beautiful Snow Queen, Prince, and whimsical Sugar Plum Fairy, plus all the enchanting inhabitants of their kingdom. This midnight rendezvous takes place in a dazzling world where nothing is as it seems.  

This hugely popular ballet has been captivating audiences across the globe for more than a century.  

With charming characters, glittering costumes, beautiful music and plenty of magic, The Nutcracker is the perfect festive tradition for families of all ages. 

Presenting Partner - Sealy of Australia

The performance on Sunday 15 December 2024 is performed to recorded music. Recording by Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Voices of Birralee, conducted by Nigel Gaynor. 

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Cnr Grey & Melbourne Streets
South Brisbane
QLD 4101

Audio Described
Auslan Interpreted Q&A
Relaxed Performance


Approximately two hours, including one 20-minute interval.


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  • Q&A
  • Auslan
  • Relaxed
  • Audio Described
  • Recorded Music
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Ben Stevenson OBE

Ben Stevenson OBE


Nigel Gaynor

Nigel Gaynor

Music Arranger and Conductor

Desmond Heeley

Desmond Heeley

Costume Designer

Noelene Hill

Noelene Hill

Associate Costume Designer

Thomas Boyd

Set Designer

David Walters

David Walters

Lighting Designer

Cameron Goerg

Cameron Goerg

Lighting Revival Designer

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Live Music Partner

Group bookings

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Post-performance Q&A

Saturday 14 December 2024 - 1.30pm

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

Audio Described Performance

Saturday 14 December 2024 - 1.30pm

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

Relaxed Performance

Friday 20 December 2024 - 1.30pm

Relaxed performances provide a safe and welcoming environment for families with children or people living with autism and other sensory needs.

Children's workshop

December 2024

Create lasting memories and dance with Queensland Ballet Teaching Artists. These workshops for children explore characters, storytelling and ballet moves from the production.

Centre Stage Experience

Saturday 14 December 2024

Active adults of all skill levels can take ballet class on stage whilst learning famous repertoire and insights from the production.

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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