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Hot Show Summer is ready to sizzle at QPAC

As Megan Thee Stallion would say, “Know we got it lit, yeah”.

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Move over Hot Girl Summer, Hot Show Summer is here to stay.

With Chrissy faves, adrenaline-junkie circus, blush-inducing cabaret, and musicals that will have you singing and dancing well after February’s end, we’ve got a summer line up so hot it’ll knock your togs off (and your theatre-going attire right on)!

Getting you in the spirit…

Christmas at QPAC comes gift-wrapped this year with ever-popular festive favourites on offer.

2 to 24 December 2021 – Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, shake & stir theatre co’s acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol returns to haunt our Playhouse.

A Christmas Carol - Ghost of Christmas Past and Scrooge
A Christmas Carol. Image: Stephen Henry.

10 December 2021 – Complete with 10-part harmonies and smooth choreo, The TEN Tenors are Home For Christmas in our Concert Hall.

16 to 23 December – The clock strikes mid-December and Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker will come to life in our Lyric Theatre.

17 and 18 December – Our longest running event Spirit of Christmas returns for its 37th year, starring musical theatre leading ladies Lucy Maunder and Amy Lehpamer.

Live Aussie music to tickle the ear drums

Get amongst the acclaimed music stars from all genres set to light up our stages this summer.

21 December 2021 – From Brunswick to Broadway, New York, and back; join award-winning creative talent Eddie Perfect as he gives us a rare glimpse into his recent life and career in Eddie Perfect – Introspective.

8 January 2022 – Three of Australia’s leading stars of the stage – Caroline O’Connor, Amy Lehpamer and Naomi Price – will take your summer music experience to new heights, performing some of the greatest musical theatre songs of all time accompanied by a 10-piece band with Luke Kennedy as special guest artist in Defying Gravity.

Russell Morris
Russell Morris

15 January 2022 – Yes, we’re bringing you The Real Thing with legendary singer songwriter Russell Morris rocking our stage with a conversation and 70-minute live set that will rock your world for even longer. Sharing stories and insights about the creation of some of his most iconic songs of the 60s and 70s, this is Morris in rare territory – sharing his most intimate career musings and performing solo for the first time ever in our Concert Hall.

28 and 29 January 2022 – The stars keep coming as one of Australia’s most loved theatre icons, Anthony Warlow takes to the stage celebrating a decades-long internationally acclaimed career for An Evening with Anthony Warlow.

Accompanied by Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vanessa Scammell, Anthony will salute his time on Broadway with songs from hit musicals and from the era of Nelson Riddle classic swing. He will be joined by special guest Amanda Lea La Vergne, a Broadway star in her own right known for her performances in Annie, The People in the Picture, Grease and Bring it On. 

Already wondering what date school starts back? We’ve got you

Whether it’s gorgeous theatre with all the feels, or high energy thrills with all the fun, there’s nothing better than some truly captivating entertainment to get you through the final weeks of the holidays.

5 to 9 January – Our youngest audiences and their families are invited to join the enchanting adventure of Little and Big Nutbrown Hare as they discover the magic and colour of the seasons, in a dazzling new stage adaptation of Sam McBratney’s beloved Guess How Much I Love You books. 

This playful story of love and nature brought to life by CDP Kids unfolds on stage with beautiful puppetry, music and laughter for children aged three years and up.

5 to 16 January 2022 – Delivering a supercharged urban circus, 360 ALLSTARS brings together BMX, basketball, breakdancing, beatboxing, acrobatics and drumming for a jaw dropping action-packed performance, showcasing the extraordinary artistry that emerges from street culture.

360 ALLSTARS on stage

New year, new blockbuster musicals

We’re making it a new year’s resolution: star-studded musicals are taking over Brisbane!

8 to 30 January 2022 – The ravishing An American in Paris will make its Australian premiere in our Lyric Theatre, starring Broadway and West End leads Robbie Fairchild as American GI Jerry Mulligan and Leanne Cope as the young Parisian dancer Lise, with The Australian Ballet’s leading lights, Cameron Holmes and Dimity Azoury, alternating in the lead roles.

Supported by an outstanding Australian cast and ensemble, with the inventive choreography of Christopher Wheeldon and popular songs by George and Ira Gershwin – you’ll be saying/singing ‘S Wonderful right along with us in a heartbeat.

From 10 February 2022 – A forecasted cool change brings summer to a close with ice, snow and Disney’s new hit musical Frozen, opening its much-anticipated Queensland premiere season! Adapted from the Oscar-winning film, Frozen is an inspiring tale of sisterhood and true love, that comes to life with gorgeous sets and costumes as well as sensational special effects. 

The cast features Queensland’s own Courtney Monsma as Anna, Jemma Rix in the role of Elsa, Matt Lee as Olaf, Thomas McGuane as Hans, Sean Sinclair as Kristoff, Aljin Abella as Weselton and sharing the role of Sven, Jonathan MacMillan and Lochie McIntrye.

Thirsty? We’ve got cabaret that’ll quench

6 January to 12 February 2022 – Queer, messy, fast, and loose. After smashing the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Fringe World Perth, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melt Festival Brisbane this year, Reuben Kaye will return to Brisbane with his acclaimed adults-only cabaret variety show The Kaye Hole in our Cremorne Theatre.

The Kaye Hole
The Kaye Hole

Featuring Kaye as host comedian alongside his hand-picked line-up of thrilling guest artists including cabaret chanteuse Tina Del Twist, dance and fire artist Jacqueline Furey, aerialist and contortionist Ashleigh Roper, pole dancer Charlie Love, beat box artist Hope One and drag artists and dancers Luna Thicc and the THICC shake crew, this is the tall drink of water (or beverage of choice) you’ll want this summer!


Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors – our First Nations Peoples – gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland.