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The best shows in Brisbane you need to see in 2020

Calling all culture vultures: you’re officially our plus one to the best shows in Brisbane next year.

The city is the beating heart of art and has set the stage for a lineup of concerts, performances, and festivals so captivating you’ll be shouting encore!

So drum roll, please. We’ve pulled back the curtains on the must-see acts of 2020.

Opera Australia’s The Ring Cycle

Where: QPAC

When: 10 November – 5 December 2020

Cost: The Ring Cycle is an event and is not part of Opera Australia’s regular season. Each Ring Cycle is sold as a 4-opera series and tickets are available for complete 4-opera cycles only. Concessions are not available. Further information available on the site.

Why go? Worship a different kind of god this November at Opera Australia’s world premiere of The Ring Cycle. An epic 15-hour story performed over four nights, the production directed by Shi-Zheng Chen explores the power of greed, violence, heaven, and earth. This performance is exclusive to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre so it is not one to miss for opera buffs.

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The Book of Mormon

Where: QPAC

When: 3-26 January 2020

Cost: Tickets start from $60

Why go? Didn’t get to see The Book of Mormon the last time it came to Brisbane? Your prayers have been answered. After a sold-out run in 2019, the popular musical comedy has returned for a strictly limited season. Regarded by Entertainment Weekly as the funniest musical of all time, follow two Mormon missionaries as they spread the word of God a long way from home.

Shanghai Ballet’s The Lady of the Camellias 

QPAC Brisbane performance audience members
Where: QPAC

When: 12-14 March 2020

Cost: Tickets start from $64

Why go? Fall in love at the flirtatious Shanghai Ballet production of The Lady of the Camellias. An adaptation of the 1848 novel, this timeline production tells the story of a Parisian courtesan and she navigates a terrific but tragic life.

Melt: Festival of Queer Arts & Culture

Where: Brisbane Powerhouse

When: 8-28 June 2020

Cost: Mix of free and paid activities. Check the schedule for more information.

Why go? If provocative conversations and spectacular performances spells bliss to you, then step right this way. MELT Festival is bringing the heat this June in a celebration of Brisbane’s diverse queer community. The 10-day festival is rich with events celebrating everything from LGBTIQ+ art to promote visibility and inclusivity at the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse.

Brisbane Festival

Where: Across Brisbane with the main action taking place at South Bank‘s cultural precinct

When: September 2020

Cost: Mix of free and paid activities. Check the schedule for more information.

Why go? Fireworks and theatre and music, oh my. The hottest event in any Brisbanite’s calendar has to be Brisbane Festival; a three-week extravaganza that brings the city together in celebration of international arts and culture. Want to get the lowdown? Check out our handy guide here.