As promised in my previous BEN HUR post I have now put the Ben into BEN HUR. As you will recall the other three members – John Hopkins, Alix Dunmore and Richard Durden signed my sketch at the North London’s Tricycle Theatre last week. I threatened to return with a sketch of the missing fourth member of the quartet who are currently enthralling sell-out audiences in Patrick Barlow’s follow-up to his West End hit adaption of THE 39 STEPS with this pocket-sized interpretation of the 50’s biblical film hit. Ben plays Messala (yes… and as one reviewer put it, the wait for the ‘Messala chicken’ line is rapidly rewarded), a pouting Roman soldier who betrays Ben Hur, among others characters including a ‘particularly nice turn as Jesus with a bad black wig’. Messala and Messiah- sounds like an ancient pop duo.
Anyway, here’s Ben on his own as Messala which he signed for me last night so that completes my BEN HUR set. Ben there, done that. Ouch.