Playhouse

With sweeping views of the river and city skyline as well as the stage

With a focus on theatre and dance, the QPAC Playhouse is a medium sized venue with sweeping views of the river and city skyline.

Built in 1997, the 850 seat Playhouse is a traditional proscenium theatre that is ideal for theatre and dance. There are two levels – the stalls level and balcony – both providing an excellent view of the stage. Access into each row is via the side aisles.

Click on part of venue below to view seating map.

Playhouse Stalls
QPAC Playhouse Stalls seating map
Playhouse Balcony

The Playhouse is at the Russell Street side of QPAC with two entrances facing the South Bank Parklands arbour. The closest parking is at the Performing Arts Car Park or the Grey Street entrance to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre car park.

The safety of QPAC visitors and staff is our highest priority.

We’ve updated our cloaking policy to ensure everyone can safely enjoy their visit to QPAC.

Items larger than A4 must be left at the Cloak Room

Items such as backpacks and oversize items including large handbags and umbrellas present a trip hazard and are not permitted within QPAC theatres.

To avoid delaying your entry to the theatre, we strongly encourage patrons to avoid bringing to QPAC any items larger than an A4 sheet of paper. Backpacks, umbrellas and items – including handbags – larger than A4, must be left at one of our Cloak Rooms.

A large bag is defined as measuring 30cm long and 21cm wide or larger, or a bag that QPAC staff consider to be of an irregular size and which may create an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of patrons if permitted within QPAC theatres.

To ensure the safety and security of all patrons, QPAC reserves the right to inspect all bags and personal belongings that patrons wish to take into the theatres. Searches will be carried out courteously and discreetly.

Cloak Rooms are located at each theatre and are available to patrons with a valid ticket to a performance on that day.

If you are unsure whether a bag or other item needs to be cloaked, please seek guidance from QPAC Cloak Room staff.


Box Office and Cloakroom

The Box Office and cloakroom for the Playhouse are located on Level G. Large bags and umbrellas must be left at the cloakroom.

Venue Location


Booster Cushions

A limited number of QPAC booster cushions are available and patrons are encouraged to bring their own soft cushions (not car booster seats) to avoid disappointment.

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 Russell Street Wine Bar serves tapas and light meals with an award winning wine list before all Playhouse performances. Alternatively, our Cafe is located on the Melbourne Street side of QPAC.

The foyer bar and merchandise stand are 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).

Check with the bar staff during your visit, but it is usually OK to take drinks into the theatre, as long as they are in plastic cups.

Toilets

The Playhouse toilets are 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 2.

Lifts

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, it is likely that your visit to QPAC will involve some stairs, so please check at the time of booking or call 136 246 if you have mobility issues.

What should I wear?

It's not necessary to get dressed up to come to QPAC, although if you are coming to an opening night, it is likely that guests will be dressed to attend a special occasion. Usually smart casual dress is perfect. Because all of our theatres are air conditioned, you may want to bring a light wrap or jacket, especially if you are dressed for Brisbane summer weather.

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