Brixham-based theatre company on tour with Ben Hur

Torbay Weekly

During the lockdowns, the South Devon Players - an internationally award-winning theatre company based in Brixham - began planning for their biggest, most-ambitious show ever by adapting the tale of Ben Hur for the stage.

They now bring the tour across the South West spanning Penzance to Bristol – and then to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Based on the classic 19th century novel by Lew Wallace, Ben Hur is a meticulously crafted stage drama packed with drama, action, and hope, set across the 1st century Roman Empire.

With action, suspense, hope, humour, and a dramatic confrontation in the arena at the Roman Games, this show is designed to appeal to a huge range of audiences.

Ben Hur is a show that would normally be considered to be difficult to stage but creative solutions were planned and tested and enacted – and with creative solutions it is all possible!

The story follows a young prince who is accused of attempted murder, sentenced to die as a galley slave, but survives, eventually returning to his homeland, to find that his mother and sister are missing.

Despite exacting revenge against the Roman commander who destroyed his family, he finds no peace - until once again his life is changed by two family slaves whom he freed, and a man from Nazareth...

The show opens at Brixham Theatre on April 8 and 9 before continuing to Bristol, Plymouth, Bodmin and Penzance, before finally being streamed 'on demand' online to the Edinburgh Fringe.

All dates and tickets can be found on the box office page at

The South Devon Players always welcome people from the local area who would like to get involved in creating theatre and performances.