Star Wars concert heading to Wellington

  • 18/10/2017
Orchestra performing Star Wars
A New Hope is returning to the big screen, with the score performed live by an orchestra. Photo credit: Supplied

The original Star Wars film is heading back to the big screen in New Zealand at a special event with the Oscar-winning soundtrack performed live.

A New Hope, accompanied by John Williams' original score performed live by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, has been announced as part of the New Zealand Festival.

New Zealand Festival Artistic Director Shelagh Magadza says she's expecting the concert to be a hit with both music and film fans at the festival.  

"[We're] delighted to bring Star Wars fans this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the iconic score to the original Star Wars film, played by New Zealand's national orchestra," she says.

"This Star Wars treat is sure to bring out the fans, who often arrive at these shows in costume, bringing a great sense of fun."

The event is scheduled for two dates in March, 2018.

Other attractions announced as part of the festival include musical acts Grizzly Bear, David Byrne and Thundercat along with theatre and dance events including Swan Lake.

Tickets to the general public go one sale October 30.