The Barn Theatre has released production photos of their new Built by Barn production of the comedy Ben Hur by Olivier award-winning playwright Patrick Barlow.
The production, which runs in the historic Roman town of Cirencester from 4th March to 18th April 2020, stars 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 Built by Barn 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.
This Built by Barn production marks the second time the award-winning theatre has produced a play by Patrick Barlow, following their successful 2019 production of The 39 Steps, which transferred to Theatre Royal Windsor in August 2019.
The production will feature direction by Joseph O’Malley, choreography by Off-West End Awards 2019 finalist Zak Nemorin (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), set design by Off-West End Awards 2019 finalist Justin Williams (Soho Cinders, Brooklyn), costume design by Penn O’Gara, lighting design by Sam Rowcliffe-Tanner and Justin Farndale and sound design by Harry Smith.
Ben Hur is part of the Barn Theatre’s 2020 Built by Barn Season which includes Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, a co-production with The Theatre Chipping Norton which is currently on a UK tour, the world premiere of Vicki Berwick’s stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s The Mozart Question, a reimagined actor-musician revival of Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe’s musical Brigadoon, a new adaptation of Henry James’ classic novella The Turn of the Screw and Alan Pollock’s new adaptation of The Brothers Grimm Present: Cinderella. The Barn Theatre’s first production of the season, The Importance of Being Earnest, transferred to the Turbine Theatre in February 2020 marking the Barn Theatre’s London stage debut.
Ben Hur, 4th March to 18th April 2020, The Barn Theatre, 5 Beeches Road, Cirencester, GL7 1BN