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The Nutcracker — Queensland Ballet

Queensland Ballet's seasonal tradition returns, complete with sentient toys and dancing snowflakes.
By Sarah Ward
November 23, 2022
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By Sarah Ward
November 23, 2022
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Christmas means many things: chaos in the shops, carols invading your brain, and a focus on all things red and green. In Brisbane, it also means Queensland Ballet's final production for the season, with The Nutcracker brightening up the QPAC stage every year. It really wouldn't be the festive season without it.

Whether you've experienced the Tchaikovsky-scored two-act performance about sentient toys, dancing snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy before, or you're joining little Clara on her Christmas Eve journey for the first time, you're certain to get swept up in the show's magic. And if you don't already have a ticket, don't delay — selling out is also an annual tradition.

Queensland Ballet's The Nutcracker dances across the Playhouse stage from Friday, December 2–Friday, December 23 — and, depending on the day, you can either hit up an evening session or a matinee.

The company has been bringing the show to the stage since 2013, but the ballet itself dates back more than 120 years because this kind of Christmas magic never gets old.

Top image: David Kelly.

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