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.
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- Genre: Adaptations (Literature), Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period, Parody / Spoof
- Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
- Cast Attributes: Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Target Audience: Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)