Arms and the Man

14 Sep — 31 Oct 2015

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseFrom $58


“You are a romantic idiot.”

Sydney Theatre Company presents
by George Bernard Shaw

The sweetest, sharpest love triangle of the year

Be swept off your feet by one of the most charming, witty romantic comedies ever written.

In a beautiful new production of a rarely-produced classic at Sydney Opera House, Arms and the Man brings to life a delicious love story with an irreverent twist, from the masterful pen of George Bernard Shaw (Pygmalion).

Stuck in a backwater town, Raina Petkoff craves more out of life. Having read every book in the library, including all the romance novels, she’s sure there is more in store for her­ ­- she wants adventure, she wants love, she wants to get the hell out of town.

So, when a charming Swiss soldier on the hop from the battlefield clambers into her bedroom, what’s a clever, practical-minded girl to do? Offer him sanctuary, feed him chocolate and fall in love. It’s only natural.

The problem is, she’s already engaged. To the most eligible man in town. Raina needs to decide if she stays true to her gallant fiancé, or if she elopes with this dashing, mysterious stranger.

In true Bernard Shaw style, this is more than your average love triangle. Keeping plenty of room for irony, comedy, parental concern and a saucy sub-plot, Arms and the Man is also a playful, piercing satire on vanity and false heroism.

Our brave-hearted heroes – Mitchell Butel (Romeo and Juliet), Charlie Cousins (ABC TV’s The Doctor Blake Mysteries) and the luminous Andrea Demetriades (Pygmalion, Perplex) – launch themselves into this romantic entanglement with relish.

Led by legendary director Richard Cottrell (Australia Day), Raina’s love life might not be the perfect fairytale, but it certainly looks like one. Award-winning designers Michael Scott-Mitchell and Julie Lynch have created an exotic, unreal world for this stunning production. 

Will the battlefield hero conquer her heart, or will he with the most chocolate win?

Duration 2hrs 10mins (including interval)
Warning this production contains theatrical haze, multiple gunshots and brief smoke effects.
Important travel update: CBD road closures from 4 Oct 2015. More info.

Sydney Opera House dessert special. Inspired by Arms and the Man, enjoy a delicious dessert trio of chocolate mousse, cinnamon cream, hazelnut caramel and a glass of Madam Coco Blanc des Blac for just $20. Available from Eat, Drink adjacent to the Drama Theatre.  More info


Insight Events

Pre-season Briefing
Mon 7 Sep 6.15pm
Wharf 2 Theatre
Reserve your free tickets to the pre-season briefing

Audi Night with the Actors
Mon 28 Sep post-show
Mon 19 Oct post-show

Pier Group Lunch
Mon 17 Aug 12pm

Production patron The Petre Foundation

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