The Royal Ballet in Brisbane

Britain’s flagship ballet company is coming to Brisbane! Escape the winter and join Valerie Lawson as The Royal Ballet performs two highly-acclaimed new works, Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works and Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale, for the first time outside of London’s Covent Garden.

For Woolf Works, his first full-length ballet for the company, McGregor enmeshed themes from three of Virginia Woolf’s landmark novels, Mrs DallowayOrlando and The Waves, with a specially commissioned score by Max Richter.

Royal Ballet Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s great romance The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet with designs and costumes by Bob Crowley and music by Joby Talbot.

Between the two performances enjoy a relaxing three-day sojourn to Noosa, the cosmopolitan hub of the Sunshine Coast.

Arrive in Brisbane and check in to your hotel.

Tour arrangements commence at 5.00pm with welcome drinks and Valerie’s pre-performance talk over an early dinner.

Transfer to the Lyric Theatre at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre for the Australian premier season of Wayne McGregor’s full-length ballet, Woolf Works by The Royal Ballet. Securing the 2016 Olivier Award for best new dance production Woolf Works features lighting designs by Lucy Carter and costumes by Moritz Junge.

Transfer back to the hotel.


After breakfast travel north to Noosa via the coastal towns and beaches of the Sunshine coast: Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Coolum Beach and Peregian Beach. Stop at Caloundra for a guided tour of the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, followed by lunch in a local restaurant. Arrive Noosa late afternoon.


Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the delights of Noosa. Relax by the pool or on the beach, browse the numerous boutique shops or take a stroll along Noosa’s famous beach front boardwalk.


Today, return to Brisbane via the picturesque hinterland route. Begin with a visit to the Noosa Regional Galley at Tewantin, then continue via Eumundi to Montville. Enjoy lunch in Montville (own expense) followed by time to explore the town and its numerous shops and galleries.

Continue onto Brisbane via Mary Cairncross Park with its spectacular views of the majestic Glasshouse Mountains. Arrive Brisbane late afternoon, with the remainder of the day at leisure.


Join Valerie for a talk on this evening’s performance. After, visit the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) – Australia’s largest gallery of modern and contemporary art in Australia.

Following a farewell lunch at GOMA, the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

Tonight, return to the Lyric Theatre to see The Royal Ballet perform Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale, for the first time in Australia. This full length adaptation of a Shakespeare play is Christopher Wheeldon’s eighth work for the company.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Extra nights at the hotel available on request.


Per person, twin-share

AUD 2,750

Single supplement*

AUD 650

Deposit (per person) at time of booking

AUD 500

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.

Final payment due

17 May 2017

Tour code


Fitness level


Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.


Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.

Tour price includes

  • Three nights’ accommodation at the Hilton Hotel Brisbane and two nights at the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Wine with meals
  • Premium-reserve tickets to Woolf Works and The Winter’s Tale
  • Pre-performance introduction and talk with Valerie Lawson
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coach transportation and transfers
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

Tour price does not include

  • Flights to/from Brisbane
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, minibar etc.)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)


Your hotels

Hilton Hotel Brisbane ****+
Excellently located within walking distance to Queen Street Mall and South Bank parklands, the hotel features 319 rooms recently refurbished with modern décor and stunning city views. Hotel facilities include the ‘Chefs Hatted’ Vintaged Bar & Grill, 24-hour in-room dining, a fitness centre and a heated outdoor pool.

Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort *****
Located in the heart of the bustling Hastings Street, and only a 2 minute walk from the beach, the hotel features 176 studios all with a private balcony. Hotel facilities include the Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita Restaurant, three bars, 24-hour in-room dining, heated outdoor pool and AQUA Day Spa.

NB. Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.