Ben Hur

by Patrick Barlow

(based on the novel by General Lew Wallace)

19 - 26 November 2022, 7.30pm
Four actors take on the Roman Empire.

Based on one of the timeless stories of one of the best-selling books of the nineteenth century, this stage adaptation condenses the epic tale so that it is told by just four actors.

The story follows an amateur theatre troupe as they produce the massive tale of the fictional Jewish prince and merchant Judah Ben-Hur. He falls to galley slave and rises to champion charioteer within Jerusalem during the life of Jesus Christ, while the actors struggle along through the piece as rivalries form and offstage romances interfere. Complete with chariot race, sea battle, and stage combat, Patrick Barlow weaves his compressed style popularized by The 39 Steps into one of the largest stories ever told.

They said it was unachievable! They said it couldn’t be done!
and they were half right..

But now the greatest book ever penned is brought to the stage by a towering team of just four actors – turning the Millgate Arts Centre, Delph 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)!

A decadent and unexpurgated Roman orgy (suitable for all ages)!

Ben Hur is a comedy based on the epic film,  set to stir your very soul. Brought to you by the writer of the Olivier nominated A Christmas Carol and Olivier and Tony Award- winning comedy The 39 Steps comedy


our version of Ben Hur features a cast of four actors taking on the might of the Roman Empire
The Daniel Vale Collective

Featuring a cast of four

Mark Rosenthal

John Comyn-Platt

Andy Hoyle

Kate Davies

plus the Daniel Vale Collective ensemble cast

James McLean

Kellie Cross

Ian Lomas

Colin Watt

Director : Verity Mann

Set Design & Build : Sally McKee, David McKee

Stage manager Colin Watt

Lighting : David Plowright and Alayne Whitworth

Epic Sound : Andrew Mann, Mark Acton, Alastair Scott

Sponsored by Tanner Business Centre .  

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Charity Night Sunday 20th November

Raising funds for  St Chads Church  Uppermill, Love Lydgate & St Mary’s Church Greenfield



watch the theatre trailer for the 1959 film Ben Hur….

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Sat 26th November 2022


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm