Some reviews....The Good
... 4/5 stars
QUOTE (The Wharf)
There are things that do need to be worked on, perhaps some tightening up the longer scenes that can drag a little and maybe a bit more fizz to the finale.The Bad
But what had the potential to turn out as little more than a big budget nativity play proved to be far more rewarding than that.
Ben Hur is good family entertainment and one for which the vision and brio of the producers, notably Franz Abraham, should be applauded.
... 2/5 stars
QUOTE (The Guardian)
In the end, however, the production by Philip William McKinley lacks flair. It is a really a piece of high-flown kitsch destined to tour the world over the next few years. Its message that virtue is better than vengeance is unexceptionable, but good intentions and vast resources are no substitute for vision and theatrical imagination.The Ugly
... 1/5 stars
QUOTE (The London Evening Standard)
What really startles here is the gulf between the clearly earnest intentions and the frankly laughable execution. A lot of time, money, expertise, energy and commitment — not to mention seven consultant historians — have been lavished on something frankly risible. The only person to emerge with any real credit is horse trainer Nicki Pfeifer, and he’d be justified in having a long face tomorrow.
Last night’s world premiere was relatively full, but a large number of those present preferred watching this idiotic but grandiose spectacle through the tiny screens of their phones. And some of them had come dressed as Romans. Which is a bit like going to The Sound Of Music dressed as a Nazi, if you think about it.