A Reading Rep production in association with The Hexagon and Reading Year of Culture

An epic community production to launch Reading 2016 Year of Culture’s ‘Made in RDG’ month

Ben Hur is the epic story of the life and times of Judah Ben-Hur, whose extraordinary journey takes him from wealthy merchant to galley slave to champion charioteer and witness at the Crucifixion.

This ambitious large-scale community project – the first of its kind for Reading – marked the opening of Reading 2016 Year of Culture’s ‘Made in RDG’ showcase – a month of projects celebrating work made by and for the people of Reading. It starred a community cast of over 70 local performers of all ages from across Reading and the surrounding region, including many Reading Studio students.

The stage adaptation of Ben-Hur by award-winning playwright Hattie Naylor was performed at The Hexagon on 1-3 September 2016.

Produced by Reading Rep, Reading’s foremost producing theatre, and directed by Christie O’Carroll, this large-scale community production was made possible by support from Arts Council England and Reading Borough Council, in association with The Hexagon, Reading Year of Culture, Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, and Activate Learning.

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