Summer program


A unique view of an epic character in a comic key

26 to 30 september 2018

At a Roman theatre, a theatre company from the first century AD announces it will perform a show titled Ben-Hur: The Greatest Story Never Told. Faithful to the novel by Lewis Wallace, the play takes the audience through all the well-known moments in the life of Judah Ben-Hur: the three Magi from the East led to Bethlehem by a bright star, the Roman prefect hit by a loose roof tile that falls on him, the coming of the Christ, the sea battle, the chariot race… and the bitter rivalry with his friend Messala, who he attempts to kill… or not.

Based on an idea by Yllana and written by Nancho Novo, Ben-Hur offers a unique view of the epic character delivered with a comic spin, an incredibly fast pace and great visual ingenuity in ‘theatremascope’ – a blend of film and theatrical language in a 3D show with no need of 3D glasses.

The team


by Lewis Wallace

Adapted by: Nancho Novo

Artistic directors: David Ottone and Juan Ramos Toro – Yllana

Cast: Eva Isanta, Agustín Jiménez, Elena Lombao, Víctor Massan, Richard Collins-Moore, Fael García

Set design: Carlos Brayda

Costume design: Gabriela Salaverri

Lighting design: Juanjo Llorens

Sound and video design: Javier del Prado

Producers: Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Mérida, Focus, Yllana



September 26, 27 and 28. 07:30pm

September 29. 06:00 y 09:00pm

September 30. 07:00pm


from €8,50 to €25 /discounts

Friends of the Arriaga: 25%
Groups, young people, over 65s, the unemployed, large families and people with disabilities in excess of 33%: 20%
Theatre Professionals: 20%
Disabled persons in a wheelchair: 50% (in the proscenium, balcony and a companion)


2 hours