The Nutcracker

13 December — 21 December, Lyric Theatre, QPAC

The tradition continues with this magical holiday classic.

At the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, little Clara finds herself embarking on the magical adventure of a lifetime when her gift, a Nutcracker, comes to life! Be whisked away with Clara, to the enchanting Land of Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy watches over whimsical snowflakes and pirouetting lollies.

For the seventh straight season, Ben Stevenson’s dreamlike choreography and Tchaikovsky’s enduring score will charm all ages. The Nutcracker is the perfect festive ballet for the whole family to enjoy.

The Story
The History
The Music
2017 Highlights


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.



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 13 December — 7:30pm Fri 13 Dec — 7:30pm
  • Saturday 14 December — 1:30pm Sat 14 Dec — 1:30pm
    The Q&A will be Auslan interpreted
  • Saturday 14 December — 7:30pm Sat 14 Dec — 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 17 December — 6:30pm Tue 17 Dec — 6:30pm
    The Q&A will be Auslan interpreted
  • Wednesday 18 December — 6:30pm Wed 18 Dec — 6:30pm
  • Thursday 19 December — 1:30pm Thu 19 Dec — 1:30pm
  • Thursday 19 December — 7:30pm Thu 19 Dec — 7:30pm
  • Friday 20 December — 1:30pm Fri 20 Dec — 1:30pm
  • Friday 20 December — 7:30pm Fri 20 Dec — 7:30pm
  • Saturday 21 December — 1:30pm Sat 21 Dec — 1:30pm
  • Saturday 21 December — 7:30pm Sat 21 Dec — 7:30pm


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

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

A transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction. Selected ticket delivery methods may incur an additional charge.

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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The Nutcracker - 2015
The Nutcracker - Lighting