The Playhouse

The Playhouse

The Playhouse theatre, QPAC

Russell St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

#General information

Arrival and Check-in

The main entrance to The Playhouse is located on Russel Street, South Bank. It is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes before the performance starts to allow time for check-in and seating. The Box Office and cloakroom for the Playhouse are located on Level G. Large bags (larger than A4 size) and umbrellas must be left at the cloakroom.

Latecomer Policy 

Please note that there is a strict lock-out period for latecomers to all Queensland Ballet performances. 


Complimentary printed programs will be distributed at the theatre with information about the performance.

What to wear 

It's not necessary to get dressed up to come to QPAC, although if you are coming to an opening night, it is likely that guests will be dressed to attend a special occasion. Usually smart casual dress is perfect. Because all of our theatres are air conditioned, you may want to bring a light wrap or jacket, especially if you are dressed for Brisbane summer weather.

Please relax and enjoy the performance! Our dancers love to hear you respond and applaud as it lets them know you appreciate their artistry and are enjoying the production. 

Please remember to turn off all mobile phones and electronic devices before the performance begins. Please note photography and filming is not permitted during the performance. 

#COVID-Safe Information

For the safety of all patrons, please do not attend if you are feeling unwell and have any symptoms of COVID.

Masks are not mandatory at QPAC however, we strongly recommend you bring a mask with you to the theatre for use where physical distancing is not possible

Face masks can be a useful measure to help control sustained community transmission of COVID-19. Monitor Queensland Health's directions about face masks, as this will continue to change in response to community transmission in localised areas. The best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to stay home if you are sick, and thoroughly wash your hands often. When wearing a face mask, it is recommended you avoid touching it with your hands.

Please remain seated after the performance and show your appreciation to the performers non-verbally i.e. by applause or stamping your feet.

Observe physical distancing and follow signage and staff directions regarding entry and exit procedures.

Read more about connecting safely at QPAC here

#Parking and Transport

The South Bank precinct is undergoing significant roadworks that is impacting accessibility to QPAC, including drop off zones and car parking. Please see up-to-date information regarding road closures and accessibility.

If driving to the performance, we recommend parking at the Cultural Centre Car Park, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, or SW1 car park on Cordelia Street.

Cultural Centre Car Park 

Entrance to the Cultural Centre car park is via the left turn into Stanley Place from William Jolly Bridge or from Montague Road into Stanley Place. The cost is $17 per entry. Please be aware that there are other events at QPAC and therefore parking will be limited. 

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Car Park 

Entry to this car park is via Grey Street or Merivale Street and cost is $20 for up to three hours. We advise you to allow ample time to secure a car park. 

Yellow Cabs 

Download the free Yellow Cabs Smartphone App to your phone. It's the quickest way to book a Yellow Cab! Or simply call 13 19 24. There are designated taxi set-down and pick-up areas on the Grey Street side of QPAC. Free taxi phones are located in the foyers. 


The Cultural Centre Busway Station is located on the Melbourne Street side of QPAC. A large number of bus routes pass through this station, which provides convenient transfer to and from major servicing areas outside the city. 


South Brisbane train station is located opposite QPAC on Grey Street. 


The South Bank Ferry Terminal is only a short walk along the river from QPAC, in South Bank Parklands. For more information about bus, train and CityCat timetables, please contact TransLink on 13 12 30 or visit

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#Dining and Refreshments

The closest dining option for the Playhouse is the Russell Street Wine Bar, located on Level G, directly below the Playhouse stalls foyer. The Russell Street Wine Bar serves tapas and light meals with an award winning wine list before all Playhouse performances. Alternatively, our Cafe is located on the Melbourne Street side of QPAC.

The foyer bar and merchandise stand are located on the Stalls level (Level 2 in the lift). The foyer bar sells antipasto plates and there are vending machines for chocolates and other items. An additional bar is located on the balcony level (Level 3).

Check with the bar staff during your visit, but it is usually OK to take drinks into the theatre, as long as they are in plastic cups.

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Two lifts provide access to the Playhouse foyers from Russell Street. Check your ticket for your door number and go to Level 2 for doors 1-2, or Level 3 for all other doors. Unless you have specifically booked wheelchair accessible seating, it is likely that your visit to QPAC will involve some stairs, so please check at the time of booking or call 136 246 if you have mobility issues.

Wheelchair accessible toilets are on Level 2.