Barn Theatre Club presents
Duration: 2hrs Approximately (including one interval)
Complete with chariot race, sea battle, and stage combat, Patrick Barlow weaves his compressed style into one of the largest stories ever told.
Adapted from Lew Wallace’s celebrated nineteenth-century tome Ben Hur by a Theatre Collective battling against the odds to put the play on. t is a battle of two worlds – the colossus of the Roman Empire and the over-eager paucity of the players. Garbled mock-classical language, and a dangerous misbelief shared by many actors that whatever happens, if they keep going, the audience will not notice. A small cast play twenty-nine parts. The author Patrick Barlow is celebrated for his two-man theatre company The National Theatre of Brent and his award-winning adaptation of The 39 Steps, plus The Arts and How They Was Done, and other comedy epics. First presented at The Watermill Theatre in 2012 and later at The Tricycle Theatre.
The original Ben Hur – A Tale of the Christ, was written in 1880 by illustrious American Civil War Veteran General Lew Wallace and has never been out of print. As a play, it played on Broadway in 1899 and has been filmed several times, in 1907, 1925, 1959, 2003 and 2017.
The 1959 version with Charlton Heston had a budget of $15 million, a cast of 50,000 extras and 365 speaking parts. We’re not afraid of the challenge!
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