Ben Hur

Written by Patrick Barlow
Based on the novel by General ‘Lew’ Wallace
Directed by Tim Carroll

Tricycle Theatre in association with Fiery Angel, Fiery Dragons and The Watermill Theatre presents


They said it was unachievable!
They said it couldn’t be done!

But now the team behind the Olivier and Tony award-winning comedy The 39 Steps are BACK with a sensational, awe-inspiring and unforgettable staging of General Lew Wallace’s timeless classic Ben Hur.

The greatest book ever penned is brought to the stage by a towering team of just four actors, turning the Tricycle stage into one of the most authentic versions of ancient Rome ever seen.

Complete with stunning combat (featuring the latest 3D technology), a 103% bona fide chariot race (with REAL CHARIOTS), an authentic sea battle (with REAL WATER) and a decadent and UNEXPURGATED Roman orgy (suitable for all ages), Ben Hur is the perfect winter tonic guaranteed to stir your very soul.


FOUR STARS ‘More quick-changes and tomfoolery than an entire run of Monty Python’ The Guardian

FOUR STARS ‘Hilarious…a palpable hit’ Evening Standard

FOUR STARS ‘Highly recommended as an adult treat you can safely take kids along to’ Ham & High

FOUR STARS ‘A small Christmas miracle in this feast of sublime silliness’ The Arts Desk

FOUR STARS ‘The comic timing is nothing short of admirable’ London Theatre 1

‘A slick burlesque featuring some great comedy performances’ The Stage

‘Fun on a gargantuan scale’ Time Out

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9 Responses for “Ben Hur”

  1. Priscilla Says:

    Really quite fun. Very much enjoyed the show last night! Thank you

  2. Frances Says:

    Extremely silly and utterly daft – loved it!

  3. Dave Says:

    The first half was amazing and the involvement of the audience was amusing. The second half started to decline in quality but was still funny. They were almost just forcing themselves through the play by the end. The funniest thing was how Daniel Veil s life was almost mirroring Judah Ben Hur s.

  4. Barcles Says:

    Deliciously silly and great fun. Ideal show for the Christmas season.

  5. vanessa hopkins Says:

    It is extremely silly and absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed it enormously.

  6. Chris Says:

    VERY, VERY FUNNY!! Really imaginative, great acting, great writing and great comic timing. A really fantastic family night out, five stars all round.

  7. Keith ostler Says:

    Very silly very funny great fun

  8. Simon Says:

    Hugely Recommended especially if you have silly sense of humour. I loved the 39 Steps so I wanted to see more, and it certainly delivers, this is MY KIND of panto. The talented cast are huge FUN and play it to the hilt. Get ready to be involved though, those galley boats don’t row themselves! Go and enjoy!

  9. Michael Says:

    Last week! Get to see this before Friday. Great fun and the sets are pretty good. First half really good fun with a bit of audience participation. Chariot Race unexpectedly well done. Second half so-so, but still a better type of evening out.

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Thu 19 Nov 2015 - Sat 9 Jan 2016

Performance times during Christmas Holidays and New Year vary, please see calendar below for full schedule

TICKETS: £12 – £28

Evening Performances at 7.30pm

Matinees: Wed 2pm (from 2 Dec), Sat 3pm (from 28 Nov)

Suitable for ages 10 - 100

Concessions available on all performances
£2 Off matinees for Over 60s

Under 26? £10 Trike Tickets available 19 - 26 Nov. Limited availability.

Captioned Performance: Mon 21 Dec, 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance: Tue 5 Jan, 7.30pm (Touch Tour: 6pm)
Running time approx. 1hr 50 mins (Including interval)

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Written by Patrick Barlow

Based on the novel by General 'Lew' Wallace

Directed by Tim Carroll

Designed by Michael Taylor

Lighting Designed by Mark Doubleday

Sound Designed by Ben & Max Ringham

Movement Direction by Siân Williams


Alix Dunmore
Richard Durden
John Hopkins
Ben Jones