In this energetic rock musical, the ancient game of chess becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super-power politics, and international intrigue. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion, and a Hungarian-American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match in Merano with the American but falls for the Russian. From Merano to Bangkok, the players, lovers, politicians, and spies gleefully manipulate … and are manipulated themselves.” Peter Cousens (2019) – Director.
CHESS – The Musical, penned by Benny and Bjorn of the Swedish band, ABBA, and with lyrics from Tim Rice (Evita, The Lion King) is one of the unsung greats of the music theatre canon, a symphonic rock opera of a masterpiece.
Akin to today’s crowd funding, this creative trio set about raising money for the original production by releasing a concept album in 1984, prior to a European Concert Tour in the same year, and it is from this that the big hits of the musical emerged: “One Night in Bangkok”, “I know Him So Well”, “Pity the Child” and, “Nobody’s Side”.