Welcome to the Playhouse Theatre
Nestled against the stunning backdrop of Brisbane's river and city skyline, the Playhouse is your gateway to the world of theatre and dance. This medium-sized venue, established in 1997, boasts 850 seats in a traditional proscenium theatre layout, tailor-made for the finest theatrical and dance performances.
With two levels – the stalls and balcony – you have an exceptional view of the stage from every seat. Access to your chosen row is effortless through the convenient side aisles. Whether you're a theatre aficionado or seeking a memorable night out, the Playhouse at QPAC promises captivating stories and mesmerizing dance performances.
Are you curious about the seating arrangements? Simply click on the desired section below to view the seating map:
Located on Level 2, upstairs from the Russel Street. If you're collecting your tickets at the Box Office, be sure to have your Booking Reference Number handy for a smooth pickup.
Large bags and umbrellas must be left in the cloakroom, located on Level 1. For more information please review our cloaking policy here.
There are a limited number of plastic booster seats available. You can find out more information in our help guide.
Pop-up stands may appear on level 2 near the Playhouse Theatre bar.
Eat & Drink
The closest dining option for the Playhouse is the Russell Street Wine Bar, located on Level G, directly below the Playhouse stalls foyer. The foyer bar is located on the Stalls level (Level 2 in the lift). The foyer bar sells antipasto plates and there are vending machines for chocolates and other items. An additional bar is located on the balcony level (Level 3).
Toilets are located on Level 2 just beyond the Box Office. There are additional toilets near the bar on Levels G, 2 and 3. Wheelchair accessible toilets are on Level G and 2. There is also baby change facility on Level G.
Lifts & Access
Two lifts provide access to the Playhouse foyers from Russell Street. Check your ticket for your door number and go to Level 2 for doors 1-2, or Level 3 for all other doors. Unless you have specifically booked wheelchair accessible seating, there may be some stairs involved during your visit. Call 136 246 if you have any mobility concerns.
What to wear
It's not necessary to dress up to come to QPAC, although guests may like to dress for a special occasion. Generally, smart casual dress is perfect. As our theatres are air-conditioned, you may want to bring a light wrap or jacket, especially during Brisbane's summer weather.
The Playhouse is located on the Russell Street side of QPAC, offering easy access from South Bank Parklands and the nearby South Brisbane Station. Parking options include the Performing Arts Car Park and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Queensland Ballet The Nutcracker1 - 20 DecPlayhouse, QPAC
Celebrate the most magical and popular of holiday traditions as Queensland Ballet presents The Nutcracker.
Queensland Ballet Love & Legacy, Celebrating Li Cunxin AO12 - 13 DecPlayhouse, QPAC
From classical masterpieces to dynamic contemporary favourites, this season of signature pieces reflects Li’s creativity at the helm of Queensland Ballet.
Bluey’s Big Play – The Stage Show30 Dec 2023 - 20 Jan 2024Playhouse, QPAC
For real life! Join Bluey and Bingo as they return to QPAC in Bluey’s Big Play – The Stage Show!
RENT: The Musical27 Jan - 4 Feb 2024Playhouse, QPAC
Feel the soul‑stirring power of iconic songs “Seasons of Love” and “La Vie Bohème” as you journey through the gritty streets of New York City.
Queensland Theatre Gaslight20 Feb - 3 Mar 2024Playhouse, QPAC
This liberating adaptation by Johnna Wright and Patty Jamieson is a gripping, reimagined thriller of daring and doubt.
World Science Festival School Program The Invisible Universe20 Mar 2024Playhouse, QPAC
Experience a cosmic demonstration and discover astronomers’ exploration of dark regions of the universe.
World Science Festival Brisbane Brian Greene: Beyond the Stars20 Mar 2024, 7:30pmPlayhouse, QPAC
Join us on a multimedia journey across the cosmos with physicist and bestselling author Brian Greene.
World Science Festival School Program Fossils! Queensland’s Quirkiest Creatures21 Mar 2024Playhouse, QPAC
Explore thrilling stories about the animals that once roamed our planet.