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As You Wish: 'The Princess Bride' Is Screening at Sydney Opera House with a Live Orchestra

The 80s classic is the latest flick to get the orchestral treatment, screening for three sessions over two days in March.
By Sarah Ward
November 09, 2022
By Sarah Ward
November 09, 2022

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 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 (Black Christmas) 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, The Good Fight) might exclaim, The Princess Bride in Concert definitely isn't inconceivable. Instead, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Opera House are channelling another famous The Princess Bride line: as you wish. This delightful movie-and-music combo will hit the famed venue's Concert Hall on Friday, March 24–Saturday, March 25, playing three shows across the two dates (at 7pm on both days, and 2pm on the Saturday as well).

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 (Here Today) and Christopher Guest (Mascots).

SSO will perform the entire score live, as written by Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler and adapted for a full orchestra by Mark Graham, with Nicholas Buc as by guest conductor.

And if you're wondering how many times someone will say "anybody want a peanut?" in the audience before and after the movie, the answer is: plenty.

Check out the trailer for The Princess Bride below:

The Princess Bride in Concert takes place on Friday, March 24–Saturday, March 25. The ticket pre-sale is open now, with general sales from 10am on Monday, November 14 — head to the Sydney Opera House website for further details.

Published on November 09, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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