Your chariot awaits

Big West End shows? Yeah, we know. Not our cup of tea either. But tomorrow, if you head east along the Thames, you might find a show that puts your preconceptions to the sword: Ben Hur Live at the O2.  

The Coliseum and the Circus Maximus in Rome were once the scene of sea battles, gladiatorial fights and chariot races, and now the O2 will be too. Ben Hur Live promises all of the above, including the all important chariot races with real horses reaching top speeds of 55 kmp/h.

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Franz Abraham, the man who has spent the last 15 years of his life creating the £6 million arena version of the swords and sandals epic, claims: “ The show will have the speed of a musical, the depth of great theatre, the power of a rock concert and the visual opulence of a Hollywood blockbuster”. 

Which got us to thinking of which films we'd like to see as future O2 spectaculars:

1 The Exorcist LIVE: Incredible arena-wide projectile vomiting! And surround-sound priest abuse!

2 Deliverance LIVE: Real rapids! Real life toothless hillbillies! Real squealing like a piggy!

3 Cool Runnings LIVE: Like Starlight Express on fake snow - with Jamaicans! 

Kes LIVE: Spectacular feats of indoor falconry and a legendary game of footie - WITH subtitles!

5 Kramer vs Kramer LIVE: Intense - in a tent! (see what we've done there? No? Ok, sorry)

Oliver Graves