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Ben Hur - Full Length Play, Comedy

Ben Hur

Patrick Barlow

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573821820

"Patrick Barlow's small-scale take on this epic tale is a palpable hit." - Evening Standard

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Minimum Fee: $100 per performance


Full Length Play


Adaptations (Literature), Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period, Parody / Spoof

105 Minutes

Time Period - Greek; Roman & Biblical

Settings Of Play - The Ancient Roman Empire 1-30 AD


Physical Comedy, Stage Combat

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Based on one of the best-selling books of the 19th century and the Academy Award-winning film of grand proportion, comes the stage adaptation with four actors. The story follows an amateur theatre troupe as they produce the massive tale of the fictional Jewish prince and merchant Judah Ben-Hur. He falls to galley slave and rises to champion charioteer within Jerusalem during the life of Jesus Christ, while the actors struggle along through the piece as rivalries form and offstage romances interfere. Complete with chariot race, sea battle, and stage combat, Patrick Barlow weaves his compressed style popularized by The 39 Steps into one of the largest stories ever told. 


"[...] more quick changes and tomfoolery than an entire run of Monty Python." - The Guardian, Read More 

"Patrick Barlow's small-scale take on this epic tale is a palpable hit." - Evening Standard, Read More 

Check out these photos from the Tricycle Theatre's production of Ben Hur in November 2015.

Ben Hur premiered at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, UK in July 2012 under the direction of Sean Foley and Patrick Barlow.



3m, 1f


Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

ACTOR 1 - Melchior, Ben-Hur, Nubian dancer.
ACTOR 2 - Caspar, Archangel Gabriel, Messala, Jesus, Galley Captain, Roman Captain, Galley Slave 2, Nubian dancer, Valentinyo.
ACTOR 3 - Mary, Tirzah, Esther, Ancient Slave, Nubian dancer, Catalinya, Naboth, Mrs Pilate. 
ACTOR 4 - Balthasar, Sara, Centurion, Slave-driver, Quintus Arrius, Pontius Pilate.
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Patrick Barlow

Patrick Barlow

Patrick Barlow is renowned forhis four-person adaptation of The 39 Steps which has played inover forty countries world-wide. It has won Olivier, Helpmann,Moliere and Tony Awards and made Patrick the most performedplaywright in America for 2012. Patrick is celebrated in the UKfor his two-man theatre company National Theatre of Brent,whose comedy epics include Wagner’s Ring Cycle, The Charles ... view full profile

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