First look at the Barn Theatre's new production of Ben Hur
By David Wood
Where: The Barn Theatre, Beeches Road, Cirencester
When: Wednesday, March 4, to Saturday, April 18
The Barn Theatre at Cirencester have released rehearsal photos for their upcoming Built by Barn production of the comedy Ben Hur by Olivier award-winning playwright Patrick Barlow.
The production, which runs from March 4 to April 18, will star James Dinsmore (Great Expectations) as Edgar T Chesterfield, Liam Horrigan (The Play That Goes Wrong) as Daniel Veil, Devarnie Lothian (Grandpa's Great Escape) as Omar Lord and Bronte Tadman (A Christmas Carol) as Crystal Singer.
Joseph O'Malley returns to direct, following his previous direction on the Barn Theatre's successful productions of Hound of the Baskervilles and The 39 Steps. Bronte Tadman also returns to the Barn Theatre after appearing in their 2019 production of A Christmas Carol.
Based on the best-selling novel, General Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ and the 11-time Academy award-winning 1959 film adaptation starring Charlton Heston, this stage adaptation asks the question: can four actors in an amateur theatre company pull off this epic tale? Will the backstage drama ruin the show? One thing that can be certain... audiences will be laughing uncontrollably by the end of the evening!
Complete with chariot races, sea battles, and stage combat, Patrick Barlow weaves his compressed style popularised by The 39 Steps into one of the largest stories ever told.
See The Barn Theatre website for more details.
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