Articles for the ‘Ben Hur’ Category


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Alix Dunmore on living in Ancient Rome

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 by Tricycle

Alix Dunmore is currently playing a plethora of different characters in Ben Hur at the Tricycle Theatre. We asked Alix how she’d feel about living in Ancient Rome, when the play is set.

Ben Hur is on stage at the Tricycle Theatre until Sat 9 Jan.

 


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John Hopkins on why Ben Hur is the greatest book ever penned

Friday, January 1st, 2016 by Tricycle

Following on from our previous blog in which Alix Dunmore told us why she thinks Ben Hur is the greatest book ever penned, we asked John Hopkins the same question!

Ben Hur is on stage at the Tricycle Theatre until Sat 9 Jan.

 


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Alix Dunmore on why Ben Hur is “the greatest book ever penned”

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Tricycle

The team behind the Olivier Award winning comedy The 39 Steps are back with a sensational new staging of the greatest book ever penned!

We asked Alix Dunmore – one of the stars of Ben Hur – why she thinks General ‘Lew’ Wallace’s epic is indeed the greatest book ever penned!

Ben Hur is on stage at the Tricycle Theatre until Sat 9 Jan.

 


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Ben Jones on living in Ancient Rome

Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Tricycle

Ben Jones plays Ben Hur’s nemesis Messala (among many other memorable characters!) in our festive staging of the epic.

We asked Ben how he’d feel about living in Ancient Rome – the time the play is set.

Ben Hur is on stage at the Tricycle Theatre until Sat 9 Jan.

 


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John Hopkins on working with Patrick Barlow

Saturday, December 26th, 2015 by Tricycle

Ben Hur is not the first time John Hopkins has played one of Patrick Barlow’s characters – he previously appeared in The 39 Steps in the West End.

We asked John what it’s like to work with Patrick again…

Ben Hur is on stage at the Tricycle Theatre until Sat 9 Jan.

 


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Alix Dunmore on The 39 Steps and Ben Hur

Thursday, December 24th, 2015 by Tricycle

The team behind the Olivier Award winning comedy The 39 Steps have a hilarious new hit show, adapted from the greatest book ever penned!

We asked Alix Dunmore – who previously appeared in The 39 Steps – how the two compared.

Ben Hur is on stage at the Tricycle Theatre until Sat 9 Jan.

 


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Ben Jones on the perfect Christmas show!

Sunday, December 20th, 2015 by Tricycle

The Tricycle Theatre’s Christmas show is a hilarious adaptation of the epic Ben Hur.

We asked actor Ben Jones why it’s the perfect show for Christmas!

Ben Hur is on stage at the Tricycle Theatre until Sat 9 Jan.

 


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Alix Dunmore on her favourite character

Friday, December 18th, 2015 by Tricycle

Alix Dunmore is currently playing a plethora of different characters in Ben Hur at the Tricycle Theatre. We asked her who her favourite was – and got a surprising answer!

Ben Hur is on stage at the Tricycle Theatre until Sat 9 Jan.

 


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John Hopkins on the Ben Hur story

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by Tricycle

John Hopkins is currently playing the title role in the Tricycle’s hilarious festive epic Ben Hur.

We asked John to quickly summarise the story of Ben Hur, without giving anything away!

Ben Hur is on stage at the Tricycle Theatre until Sat 9 Jan.

 


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Ben Hur Blog 1: Alix Dunmore “It’s all in the wigs”

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 by Tricycle

Alix Dunmore is plays numerous roles in our upcoming EPIC production of Ben Hur, including most of the women, a few of the men, plus various children and animals (tbc). So how does she make each one distinctive?

We asked Alix if she had any tricks or techniques to creating memorable characters, and how to keep track of who each one is. This is what she said…

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Alix Dunmore and John Hopkins in rehearsals for Ben Hur. Photos: Mark Douet.

“It’s all in the wigs. Seriously though, it’s important to delineate the different physicalities of each character. Tirzah is quite gangly and floppy – all elbows because she’s a teenager; Esther moves smoothly and unobtrusively, saying much with her eyes because she’s a servant; Catalinya takes big strides, strikes poses and paws at herself and other people whenever possible. The other characters have their own reasons for moving the way they do including age, sex and level of comfort with playing the scene.

It also helps that all my characters have very different accents and vocal pitches. That’s partly scripted but partly a choice given that some of the changes are so quick and blink-and-you’ll-miss-them that it’s better to telegraph who I am in every physical way possible.

Additionally we’ve been working with the movement director on how Ben Hur interacts with each character. At a particularly critical quick-change moment it’s only a change of wig (costume-wise) that makes each character appear so we’ve been looking at how John, playing Ben Hur, would touch and speak to each of them.

Plus the wigs really do help.”

The wig-tastic Ben Hur is on stage at the Tricycle from 19 Nov – 9 Jan. Find out more and book tickets.