• Posted:Thursday, December 3, 2009
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Madrid hosts Ben Hur Live

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Madrid hosts Ben Hur Live
Everyone's surely heard of Ben Hur, either because of Charlton Heston's turn as the eponymous hero or because of Lew Wallace's book, Ben Hur - A Tale of Christ. Those who were taken with either may like to quickly get on the phone to book a room in a Madrid hostel as the city is planning to hold a reconstruction of the goings-on in the tale early next year.

On January 1st and 2nd, the Palacioa de Deportes is hosting Ben Hur Live, a project that has taken 15 years to come to fruition and uses over 400 performers and 100 animals. Apparently, chariot races are going to abound - and 12 horses have been training for a year to make these a sight to behold and one to never forget - and gladiators will be on hand to help people step back into another time. According to the organisers, "deep emotions and a great message of peace" will be evoked, so that sounds quite good.

For those who don't know but are intrigued, Ben Hur is a love story that also tackles faith, redemption and revenge, taking place in Jerusalem during the time of Christ. When Jewish prince Judah Ben Hur is accused of trying to murder the Roman governor, his best friend betrays him and he is condemned as a galley slave. Things look up when he is adopted by the man whose life he saves and he returns to Jerusalem to seek vengeance. The story comes to a climax with the chariot race to end all chariot races and Ben Hur's reunion with his family.

Interestingly enough, the music for this show was written by The Police's Steward Copeland, who has also penned the scores for lots of TV shows and movies, including Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish.

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