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 Russell St drop off zones are not currently accessible due to construction activities. An alternate drop off zone close to Russell St (with pedestrian access to the Playhouse) is in place on Grey St opposite the ABC Building near Olio Café at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Those with specific access needs may be provided with access dependent on construction activities.
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.
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World Science Festival School Program Future Careers with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki22 MarPlayhouse, QPAC
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