Queensland Performing Arts Centre
The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (also known as QPAC) is part of the Queensland Cultural Centre and is located on the corner of Melbourne Street and Grey Street in Brisbane's South Bank precinct.
QPAC was designed by local architect Robin Gibson in the mid-1970s, after State Cabinet formally recognised in 1972 the need for a new Queensland Art Gallery and a new major Performing Arts Complex, in addition to a new location for the Queensland Museum and State Library. It was opened by HRH The Duke of Kent in 1985.
- The Lyric Theatre is a proscenium theatre and is the largest venue in QPAC, with a seating capacity of approximately 2,000. It is Brisbane's main venue for musicals, operas and ballets. Opera Queensland is the resident organisation of the Lyric Theatre.
- The Concert Hall is the second largest venue in QPAC, with a seating capacity of approximately 1,600 (1,800 if the choir balcony seats are used). It is Brisbane's main venue for orchestral performances although it is also used for comedy performances, graduation ceremonies and awards presentations. The venue features a 6,566 pipe Klaisorgan which was built in 1986. The Queensland Symphony Orchestra is the resident organisation of the Concert Hall.
- The Playhouse is a proscenium theatre and is the third largest venue in QPAC, with a seating capacity of approximately 850. The venue was constructed in 1997 and its premiere production was The Marriage of Figaro, with Geoffrey Rush in the title role of Figaro, in September 1998. The Queensland Ballet is the resident organisation of the Playhouse.
- The Cremorne Theatre is the fourth largest venue in QPAC with a capacity of 200 to 300 depending on its configuration. It is a reconfigurable performance space with six configurations (proscenium, theatre in the round, concert, cabaret, cinema or flat floor). The Queensland Theatre Company is the resident organisation of the Cremorne Theatre. Its name has been taken from an earlier venue in the vicinity, the Cremorne Theatre.
Groups which have programs at QPAC include:
- Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts
- Opera Queensland
- Queensland Symphony Orchestra
- Queensland Ballet
- Queensland Theatre Company
- Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra
- Queensland Pops Orchestra
- The Australian Ballet
- Australian Chamber Orchestra
- Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
- Oscar Theatre Company
- The Brisbane Chorale
- Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra
- The QPAC Choir
Tony Gould Gallery
The Tony Gould Gallery features changing exhibits related to the performing arts, including theatre, opera, ballet, dance, costumes, scenery and more. The exhibits are organised by the QPAC Museum.
- Description with photos of the Lyric Theatre on the company's website Retrieved 7 November 2010
- Description with photos of the Concert Hall on the company's website Retrieved 7 November 2010
- Description with photos of the Playhouse on the company's website Retrieved 7 November 2010
- Description with photos of the Cremorne Theatre on the company's website Retrieved 7 November 2010
- Description of the Choir on the company's website Retrieved 7 November 2010
- QPAC official website
- QPAC panorama photos
- QPAC photos and sound
- QPAC information
- QPAC Museum
- Lyric Theatre at QPAC – performances at the theatre (incomplete listing)
- Cremorne Theatre at QPAC – performances at the theatre (incomplete listing)
- Playhouse at QPAC – performances at the theatre (incomplete listing)
- Cultural Centre Busway Station map – includes showing position of QPAC