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'The Princess Bride' in Concert

As You Wish: 'The Princess Bride' is screening at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre with a live orchestra playing its enchanting soundtrack.
By Sarah Ward
October 23, 2023
By Sarah Ward
October 23, 2023

Romance. Kidnapping. A farm girl called Buttercup. A scheming prince. A swashbuckling saviour. A giant. When William Goldman threw them all together, The Princess Bride was the end result — first in his 1973 novel, and then in the 1987 film that the late, great writer also penned.

For more than three and a half decades, viewers have watched Fred Savage (The Afterparty) hear the world's best bedtime story, Robin Wright (Land) and Cary Elwes (Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One) frolic in fields, and Andre the Giant tower over everyone around, with The Princess Bride one of those beloved 80s flicks that never gets old. That said, if you've ever found yourself enjoying all of the above and dreaming that its soundtrack could fill the room around you while being played live by an orchestra, then you're about to be in luck.

Despite what outlaw boss Vizzini (Wallace Shawn, Evil) might exclaim, The Princess Bride in Concert definitely isn't inconceivable. Instead, this tour is channelling another famous The Princess Bride line: as you wish. This delightful movie-and-music combo will hit Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

If you need a refresher on all things The Princess Bride, the comedy-romance-adventure flick follows farmhand Westley (Elwes) on a rescue mission to save his true love Princess Buttercup (Wright) — and also features Mandy Patinkin (Wonder), Billy Crystal (Monsters at Work) and Christopher Guest (Mascots).

Being performed live: the entire score, as written by Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler — and with Slava Grigoryan and the Queensland Pops Orchestra doing the honours.

Wondering how many times someone will say "anybody want a peanut?" in the audience before and after the movie? The answer: plenty.

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