Ben Hur

1st Broadcast 2000

 

Producer

Dirk Maggs

 

Adaptation

Dirk Maggs

 

Director

Dirk Maggs

 

Produced for

Audio Movies Ltd & Focus On The Family Radio Theater USA

 

 

Synopsis

Judah Ben-Hur is a young Jewish prince, son of Ithamar Ben-Hur, who refused to obey Herod's wicked decree, was killed by him.

One of his boyhood friends, Messala, a Roman nobleman's son, had gone away to Rome to become a soldier.

He comes back different: sarcastic, caustic, and opposed to anything that stands in the way of Rome's might.

 

Their meeting ends with hatred on both sides for what the other has become.

After almost killing the Roman governor, Valerius Gratus, accidentally, Judah is betrayed by Messala, and sent to the Roman galleys as a slave.

He stays alive on his hatred of Messala, and his desire to have revenge upon his friend, turned bitterest foe.


Cast

Actor
Character
Russell Boulter
Judah Ben-Hur
Timothy Bateson
Balthasar
Colin McFarlane
Messala
Peter Goodwright
Simonides
Sally-Ann Burnett
Esther
Martin Jarvis
Quintus Arrius
Eleanor Tremain
Iras
Wendy Craig
Miriam of Hur
Bernard Cribbins
Seneca
Robert Benfield
Malluch
Sarah Bradley
Mary
Nick Burnell
Tiberius
Justin Butcher
Lyssipus
Karen Clegg
Tirzah
Max Digby
Centurion
Tenniel Evans
Simeon
Michael Haughey
Joseph
Matthew Lawrence
Shimon
Polly March
Amrah
Robin Meredith
Pilate
Peter Moreton
Ithamar Ben-Hur
David Oakley
The Captain
Michael Roberts
Ilderim
Philip Sherlock
Decurion
David Simeon
Gratus
Victor Spinetti
Herod The Great
Mervyn Stutter
Hortator
Philip Sully
Gaspar
Richard Syms
Maxentius
Simon Treves
Drusus

Other roles were played by members of the company

 

Production Crew

Paul Deeley Voice Recording Engineer

 

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Philip Glassborow Casting & Creative Director

 

 

Recorded at

The Soundhouse LTD Shepherds Bush London, England

 

Music composed & Arranged

Matthew Strachan

His website is here

 

 

Comments by Matthew Strachan

on working with Dirk Maggs

Click here

 

 

Comment by Dirk Maggs

Sometimes a real challenge coms along, and when I was offered the chance to adapt and direct Ben-Hur for Focus On The Family Radio Theater I couldn’t turn it
down. The big scene - of course - was the Chariot Race. I decided to use my Peter Pan multi-camera idea to tell the story of the race from various perspectives.

The chariot jump was not in the book but was so cool in the 1959 movie I had to have a go at doing it in sound only!

 

 

Running Time

30 Minutes per Episode 5 in series 150 Minutes in total

 

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