The Nutcracker

14 December — 22 December, Lyric Theatre, QPAC

Welcome the holiday season with this beloved and magical Christmas tale.

When good children should be tucked up in bed, little Clara is still wide awake. The clock chimes midnight — and a wondrous fantasy world unfolds!

Led by the valiant Nutcracker, brave toy soldiers defend Clara against giant mice. Transformed into a Prince, the Nutcracker leads Clara on a magical journey to the Kingdom of Sweets to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy. With the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky and lavish sets and costumes, Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker will delight the whole family.

From the Artistic Director

Li Cunxin

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The Story

The story is based on German writer, Ernst Theodore Amadeus Hoffmann's, Der Nussknacker und der Mausekönig

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The History

Since its less than auspicious première over 120 years ago, The Nutcracker has travelled far from St Petersburg. 

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The Music

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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After selected performances at QPAC, a panel of creative artists and dancers discusses aspects of the ballet you’ve just seen.



Informative, keepsake programs are distributed free-of-charge at all performances. You can also view the program online before the performance.



Choreographer Ben Stevenson OBE
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor Nigel Gaynor
Music performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Set Designer Thomas Boyd
Costume Designer Desmond Heeley
Associate Costume Designer Noelene Hill
Lighting Designer David Walters




The performance lasts approximately two hours with one 20-minute interval.




  • Friday 14 December — 7:30pm Fri 14 Dec — 7:30pm
  • Saturday 15 December — 7:30pm Sat 15 Dec — 7:30pm
  • Sunday 16 December — 1:30pm Sun 16 Dec — 1:30pm
    Performance performed to recorded music
  • Tuesday 18 December — 6:30pm Tue 18 Dec — 6:30pm
  • Wednesday 19 December — 6:30pm Wed 19 Dec — 6:30pm
  • Thursday 20 December — 1:30pm Thu 20 Dec — 1:30pm
  • Thursday 20 December — 7:30pm Thu 20 Dec — 7:30pm
  • Friday 21 December — 1:30pm Fri 21 Dec — 1:30pm
  • Friday 21 December — 7:30pm Fri 21 Dec — 7:30pm
  • Saturday 22 December — 1:30pm Sat 22 Dec — 1:30pm
  • Saturday 22 December — 7:30pm Sat 22 Dec — 7:30pm


Adult $120
Concession $100
30yrs & under $85
Child $75

Adult $140
Concession $120
30yrs & under $90
Child $80

An additional transaction fee of $7.20 applies for Print@Home and $8.20 for Standard Mail.

Discounts apply for season ticket packages. Create your own ballet package by choosing just three or more ballets.

Concession: Full Pensioners, QLD Government Seniors Card, Industry (MEAA) Members, Full-time students over 30, Unemployed. National Seniors Card not applicable.

30 yrs & under: Aged 30 years old and under at the time of booking.

Child: Aged 13 years old and under at the time of booking.


Lyric Theatre, QPAC

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School Groups $30 per student
One teacher free per group of ten

BackstageView MoreBehind the Scenes of The Nutcracker
Highlights - The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker - 2015
The Nutcracker - Lighting