Bigger Than Ben Hur

BEN HUR – THE STADIUM SPECTACULAR is set to wow Australian audiences when the epic production hits Sydney later this year

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$15 million stadium adaptation. 15,000 square meters of arena stage. 400 costumes, 200 back stage crew, 216 actors, 124 soldiers, 36 horsemen, 32 horses, 26 gladiators, 9 chariots and 5 Arabian dancers. Although there is no partridge in a pear tree, the stadium extravaganza BEN HUR boasts a production of biblical proportions.

Claiming to be the biggest theatrical event to be seen in Australia, BEN HUR- THE STADIUM SPECTACULAR makes its way direct from Europe to grace our shores for two nights of mind-blowing theatre, at the ANZ Olympic Stadium in Sydney.

Running over October 22-23, French director Robert Hossein will revive and rejuvenate the Ben Hur legend as made famous by the 1959 Academy Award winning film and the runaway best- selling novel by Lew Wallace, first printed in 1880.

For those unfamiliar with the epic tale, BEN HUR is a ten act production centered in the Roman Empire 2000 years ago. The central character is Judah, prince of the Hebrew house of Hur. Growing up in the tumultuous years surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ, he and his childhood best friend Messala become adversaries.

In a series of events including leprosy, violent naval battles, slavery, pirates, the crucifixion, and the collapse of the Roman Empire, Ben Hur eventually triumphs over his Roman persecutors.

Tour director Isabelle Trapon-Leggett explains: "We were looking for a story that was larger than life, and we found it in BEN HUR. It also had to be a story that was epic in nature, had a human impact and could excite stadium crowds." This production features slave ships, gladiators and a chariot race in the show's climatic finale, all sure to excite audiences.

The ANZ stadium was chosen for its likeness to a Roman amphitheatre in structure, adding to the spectacle and immersive nature of the event. It was also chosen because it allowed the production to give a 360 degree performance, making every seat the best in the house.

However, the icing on the cake has to be the colossal Panasonic LED screens, ten metres high and 23 meters long; two of the biggest ever Panasonic screens ever built in the world. Viewers will have the added advantage of watching the screens should they be stuck amongst rambunctious audience members.

Tickets for this event go on sale March 22 and adult tickets range from $69 to $299. Purchase tickets by calling 132 849 for single ticket reservations or 1300 364 001 for group bookings of ten or more. Alternatively book online at Ticketek. For more information, visit the BEN HUR website.

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