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About Chess The Musical
The first major West End production of Chess since 1986 is to star Michael Ball, (Mack and Mabel, Sweeney Todd, Hairspray) as Anatoly, Alexandra Burke (The Bodyguard, Sister Act) as Svetlana, original cast member Murray Head (Chess, Jesus Christ Superstar) as the Arbitar, Tim Howar (Mike and the Mechanics, Rock of Ages) as Freddie, and Cassidy Janson (Beautiful, Avenue Q) as Florence. This epic musical love story, opens at the London Coliseum Thursday 26 April 2018 for a strictly limited 5 week season.
Written in 1984 by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Evita), Chess tells a story of love and political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s, in which superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends.
Last updated: February, 2018