Ben Hur Live

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Ben Hur Live is a 2009 stage adaptation of Lew Wallace's novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Produced by Franz Abraham with music and narration by Stewart Copeland, it premièred on 17 September 2009 at the O2 Arena in London, the first date of its European tour.

The show's dialogue is in Latin and Aramaic,[1] and it includes a sea battle and gladiatorial combat, as well as the chariot race for which Ben Hur is famous. It is based primarily on the book as its source material rather than the Academy Award-winning adaptation which starred Charlton Heston.


After its London première, it received mixed reviews from theatre critics.[2]

Creative Team[edit]

  • Concept and Production - Franz Abraham
  • Direction - Philip Wm. McKinley
  • Music and English Narration - Stewart Copeland
  • German Narration - Ben Becker
  • Design - Mark Fisher and Ray Winkler
  • Horse Training and Stunt Coordination - Nicki Pfeifer
  • Lighting Design - Patrick Woodroffe
  • Choreography - Liam Steel
  • Fight Direction - Rick Sordelet
  • Book - Shaun McKenna
  • Costumes - Ann Would-Hard

2009 Principal Cast[edit]


  1. ^ Espiner, Mark (14 September 2009). "Ben Hur Live leaves little to the imagination". Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Ben Hur Live: press views". BBC News. BBC. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 

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