The Nutcracker

Presented in association with Queensland Ballet.

1 to 20 Dec 2023

Playhouse QPAC

The Nutcracker

A sprinkling of Christmas magic for the whole family.

Celebrate the most magical and popular of holiday traditions with us as Queensland Ballet presents The Nutcracker.

The festive favourite returns for its eleventh year to captivate Queensland audiences once again with a dazzling winter wonderland where anything is possible. Fireplaces crackle, snowflakes flutter, and enchanted toys come alive to frolic and play to delight families of all ages this Christmas season.

It’s Christmas Eve and when the clock strikes twelve, nothing is as it seems! Follow Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they journey across a Lemonade Sea to the Kingdom of Sweets, for a midnight rendezvous of delectable delights and mesmerizing entertainment. Featuring all the character favourites: the Sugar Plum Fairy, the King Rat, Drosselmeyer, and more, this is ballet magic at its best.

Steeped in history, the original Russian classic version of The Nutcracker was first presented in 1892. Queensland Ballet’s production was choreographed by renowned choreographer Ben Stevenson OBE in 1976, and premièred for Brisbane audiences in 2013 – Artistic Director Li Cunxin’s inaugural year with the Company.

Share in our magic this Christmas as we present our most cherished annual tradition for the whole family.

Presenting Partner - Sealy of Australia

Matinee performances on 3, 6, 8, 14 and 15 December are performed to recorded music. Recording by Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Voices of Birralee, conducted by Nigel Gaynor.



Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker



  • Choreographer Ben Stevenson OBE
  • Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Costume Designer Desmond Heeley
  • Associate Costume Designer Noelene Hill
  • Set Designer Thomas Boyd
  • Lighting Designer David Walters
  • Lighting Revival Designer by Cameron Goerg
  • Conductor Nigel Gaynor

Queensland Symphony Orchestra respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which the Orchestra works, plays, and creates music, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.