Ben-Hur – sample script

Ben-Hur – sample script


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The Cast: Flexible; 30 or more with at least 15 men.
The Set: Simple one set unit with suggestions for special optional prop additions.
Approximate Length: 2 acts, 120 min


This play script is a stirring musical-opera based on the classic 1885 novel by General Lew Wallace, traces the lives of childhood friends, Judah Ben-Hur, son of wealthy Jewish parents, and Messala, son of a distinguished Roman officer. Messala’s ruthless quest for power destroys their friendship when he frames the Hur family as conspirators, sending Judah on a lifelong odyssey. Judah’s astounding encounters with a mysterious Man of Galilee changes his life forever.

Sample Songs

Track 04 (Act 1) - Ben-Hur

Track 07 (Act 1) - Ben-Hur

Track 48 (Act 1) - Ben-Hur

Track 19 (Act 2) - Ben-Hur

Track 20 (Act 2) - Ben-Hur


(In Order of Appearance)

Balthasar - Wiseman of Egypt
Melchior - Magi from the East
Gaspar - Magi from the West
Mary - Jesus’ Mother
Joseph - Jesus’ Father
Simonides - Faithful Steward and Esther’s Father
Miriam - Judah’s Devoted Mother
Abigail - A village gossip
Sarah - A village gossip
Young Judah - Age 10
Young Messala - Age 10
Messala’s Father - Soldier
Young Tirzah - Age 5
Young Esther - Age 10
Judah Ben-Hur - Devout Prince of the House of Hur
Messala - Roman Tribune and Judah’s Childhood Friend
Drusus - Messala’s Assistant
Tirzah - Judah’s Loving Sister
Esther - Servant Girl and in love with Judah
Valerius Gratus - Roman Governor
Guard - Leads slaves to galley
The Son - Jesus Christ
Hortator - Serves aboard the galley
Quintus Arrius - Roman Consul
Emperor - Ruler of Rome
Pontius Pilate - Infamous Governor
Sheik Ilderim - Wealthy Horse Trainer
Lead Leper 1 - Of the Valley of Lepers
Lead Leper 2 - Of the Valley of Lepers

Villagers, Soldiers, Servants, Overseers, Rowers (Slaves), Romans, Harem girls, Lepers


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