Adapted by the writer of The 39 Steps, the epic Roman adventure story Ben-Hur will be performed at the Watermill Theatre in Berkshire.
As well as the tiny cast playing all 12,059 characters, the play also boasts that there will be a live chariot race and a sea battle.
Writer Patrick Barlow has a good track record of reducing cast sizes. His adaptation of The 39 Steps is currently showing in the West End and again has only four actors playing all the characters.
Ben-Hur was originally a novel written in 1880 by General 'Lew' Wallace and was made into a film in 1959 starring Charlton Heston. Winning 11 Oscars, the film was the most expensive ever made and featured a nine minute chariot race, which soon became one of the most famous sequences in film history.
It recounts the story of Judah Ben-Hur a Jewish prince and merchant who is forced to live as a Roman slave until his death. Managing to regain his freedom, Ben-Hur decides to seek revenge on the people who condemned him.