Get swept up in the festive fantasy of The Nutcracker
You know what they say – Christmas is the season of giving, and the Queensland Ballet knows what the people want. As per festive tradition, its annual production of The Nutcracker returns to QPAC from December 8–16 to dazzle audiences young and old with the gift of dance. This lasting classic is a huge part of the quintessential Brisbane Christmas experience, sprinkling a touch of magic that is sure to charm even the grizzliest Grinch.
The story of The Nutcracker is a bona fide Christmas classic, but just in case you don’t know the tale we can give you a quick recap – at midnight on Christmas Eve, a child named Clara begins a magical journey into a wondrous world where toys come to life, delicate dancing snowflakes abound and the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy reigns over the Kingdom of Sweets. Set to Tchaikovsky’s inimitable score played live flawlessly by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, The Nutcracker is the sort of ballet that everyone can enjoy. The winter wonderland theme may be a world away from Brisbane summer, but it just adds to the charm.
As always, the production value of The Nutcracker is second to none. The creative team has put together a production with all of the trimmings, whilst still maintaining the integrity of this timeless story. Ben Stevenson takes the wheel with choreography, continuing his legacy of creating beautiful ballets. Legendary designer Desmond Heeley provided inspired costume designs for the production, which have been brought to life with expert skill by Noelene Hill. Set designer Thomas Boyd has created a breathtaking frosty landscape, illuminated with lighting by David Walters.
If you’re ready to get swept up in the magic of The Nutcracker, you can grab tickets here – get in quick, because this event has a habit of selling out very fast.