The Playhouse

The Playhouse

The Playhouse theatre, QPAC

Russell Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

#General information

Check your tickets

Tickets for this performance have been sent via postal delivery, print-at-home via email, or collect from the box office. If your tickets are print-at-home please have them ready in hard-copy or on your mobile to present upon entry. Please double check that the venue and date on your tickets corresponds with those sent in your pre-attend email.

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. 

Photography & Filming

Please note that photography or filming in the theatre is not permitted during the performance. However, during the curtain call when our performers are taking their bows, you are welcome to take photos. We encourage you to share these on social media – please remember to tag us on Instagram (@qldballet) and Facebook (Queensland Ballet).

#Parking and Transport

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.

Be prepared to ensure you don't miss the start of your performance. Check for traffic updates.

Cultural Centre Car Parks are now open including the Performing Arts Car Park (P1). There is also a range of car parking options within walking distance of QPAC including the South Bank car park (entry via Little Stanley St) and a number of Secure Parking facilities (including SW1 on Cordelia St and Southpoint car park on Tribune St). The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) car park is also close to QPAC.

We are pleased to advise that pre-paid parking for the Performing Arts Car Park (P1) is now available to purchase. Pre-paid parking offers guaranteed, safe and convenient parking and you can use the pre-paid parking ticket even when the CAR PARK FULL sign is displayed. Cost per entry is $23 (subject to change). Please visit QTIX to purchase your pre-paid parking ticket. 

Please be aware there are planned road closures near the Cultural Centre which may impact traffic conditions. Specifically, there will be upgrades happening on Grey Street (between Vulture Street and Russell Street). Keep updated via for planning your safe travel to QPAC.

These car parks are open between 6am – 12am (midnight) Monday to Friay and 7am – 12am (midnight) Saturday and Sunday.

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.


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 next to the cloakroom, 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. 

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 okay to take drinks into the theatre as long as they are in plastic cups.

Southside, located in Fish Lane Town Square and specialising in East Asian cuisine, offers a 1-hour pre-theatre dining option for $49. See details here.

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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 needs.

Wheelchair accessible toilets are on Level 2.

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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