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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: 9780573705939

"Patrick Barlow's small-scale take on this epic tale is a palpable hit." - Evening Standard
Acting Edition
Large Print
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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 timeless stories of one of the best-selling books of the nineteenth century, this stage adaptation condenses the epic tale so that it can be told by just four actors (or it can be expanded for a cast of up to twenty-six). 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 

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.
Patrick Barlow

Patrick Barlow

Besides his version of Lew Wallace’s Ben Hur, Patrick’s Olivier-nominated adaptation of A Christmas Carol has played off-Broadway and London’s West End while his 4-person adaptation of The 39 Steps has played in over forty countries world-wide, winning Olivier, Helpmann, Moliere and Tony Awards and making Patrick the most performed playwright in America for 2012/13. Most recently his re-writing of ...

Other Patrick Barlow titles:

  • A Christmas Carol (Barlow)

  • The 39 Steps

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