The Nutcracker

Presented in association with Queensland Ballet

A dazzling festive treat for the whole family.

13 – 21 December 2024

Lyric Theatre, Qpac

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A sparkling winter wonderland awaits in the delightful holiday ballet, The Nutcracker.  

Snowflakes flutter, fireplaces crackle, and midnight dreams come to life in this much-loved tale that takes place one frosty Christmas Eve night. Filled with magic, excitement and dreamy delights, this rich story ballet will enchant families of all ages. 

As the festive party winds down and the clock strikes 12, join young Clara on a magical adventure as toys awaken, and soldiers and mice frolic and play! Travel through a delectable dreamscape of the Lemonade Sea and Kingdom of Sweets, as Clara encounters the beautiful Snow Queen, Prince, and whimsical Sugar Plum Fairy, plus all the enchanting inhabitants of their kingdom. This midnight rendezvous takes place in a dazzling world where nothing is as it seems.  

This hugely popular ballet has been captivating audiences across the globe for more than a century.  

With charming characters, glittering costumes, beautiful music and plenty of magic, The Nutcracker is the perfect festive tradition for families of all ages. 


Choreographer Ben Stevenson OBE

Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Music Arranger and Conductor Nigel Gaynor

Costume Designer Desmond Heeley

Associate Costume Designer Noelene Hill

Set Designer Thomas Boyd

Lighting Designer David Walters

Lighting Revival Designer Cameron Goerg

Music performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Duration: Approximately two hours, including a 20-minute interval

The performance on Sunday 15 December 2024 is performed to recorded music. Recording by Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Voices of Birralee, conducted by Nigel Gaynor.


Presenting Partner - Sealy of Australia

“World Class”


“…guaranteed box office bonanza”

Dance Australia

“…a Christmas tradition that will open your mind – and your heart”

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