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London Coliseum (London, )
(Charing Cross)- St. Martin's Lane
London,

Schedule

Mondays: 7:30pm
Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 2:30pm and 7:30pm

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The musical, written in 1984 by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Evita), 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. Two of the world's greatest chess masters, one American, one Russian, are in danger of becoming the pawns of their governments as their battle for the world title gets under way. Simultaneously their lives are thrown into further confusion by a Hungarian refugee, a remarkable woman who becomes the centre of their emotional triangle. This mirrors the heightened passions of the political struggles that threaten to destroy lives and loves.
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CHESS Enters Final Two Weeks at the ColiseumCHESS Enters Final Two Weeks at the Coliseum
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2018

The epic musical love story Chess starring Michael Ball as Anatoly, Alexandra Burke as Svetlana, Cedric Neal as The Arbiter, Tim Howar asFreddie, Cassidy Janson as Florence and Phillip Browne as Molokov has just two weeks remaining of its limited West End season which must end on 2 June 2018. (more...)

BWW TV: Michael Ball Talks CHESS with Neil Sean!BWW TV: Michael Ball Talks CHESS with Neil Sean!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 3, 2018

West End and recording star Michael Ball earned Olivier Awards for Hairspray and Sweeney Todd. Now starring in the new version of the 80's mega smash " Chess" by the Abba boys Benny & Bjorn plus Sir Tim Rice in this new and exclusive interview he reveals all about Chess, interviewing Hollywood legend Doris Day, turning Down Sunset Boulevard and so much more! (more...)

Review Roundup: What Did The Critics Think Of The Michael Ball and Alexandra Burke-Led CHESS in London?Review Roundup: What Did The Critics Think Of The Michael Ball and Alexandra Burke-Led CHESS in London?
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2018

The epic musical love story Chess starring Michael Ball as Anatoly, Alexandra Burke as Svetlana, Cedric Neal as The Arbiter, Tim Howar as Freddie, Cassidy Janson as Florence and Phillip Browne as officially opened last night, 1 May 2018, for a strictly limited 5 week season. (more...)

BWW TV: The Cast Discuss The Opening Night Of CHESS!BWW TV: The Cast Discuss The Opening Night Of CHESS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 2, 2018

The first West End production of Chess since 1986 stars Michael Ball as Anatoly, Alexandra Burke as Svetlana, Cedric Neal as The Arbiter, Tim Howar as Freddie, Cassidy Janson as Florence and Phillip Browne as Molokov. This epic musical love story had its press night last night and is now playing at the London Coliseum for a strictly limited season. Watch a video from the opening night party below! (more...)

BWW Review: CHESS, London ColiseumBWW Review: CHESS, London Coliseum
by Marianka Swain - May 1, 2018

Chess, by Tim Rice and ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, hasn't had a major West End revival since its Eighties heyday, but it's back with a bang in a semi-staged production that features aerial silk acrobatics, cheerleading stunts and drunken Cossack dancing. But it's the work that really shines through: period, yes, and distinctly unwieldy, but oddly timely too - and not just because ABBA are reuniting. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Neil Sean Checks in with the Ladies of CHESS, Alexandra Burke and Cassidy JansonBWW TV Exclusive: Neil Sean Checks in with the Ladies of CHESS, Alexandra Burke and Cassidy Janson
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 30, 2018

The first West End production of Chess since 1986 stars Michael Ball as Anatoly, Alexandra Burke as Svetlana, Cedric Neal as The Arbiter, Tim Howar as Freddie, Cassidy Janson as Florence and Philip Browne as Molokov. This epic musical love story is now playing at the London Coliseum for a strictly limited 5 week season. (more...)

Photo Flash:  First Look at Michael Ball and Alexandra Burke in CHESS at the London ColiseumPhoto Flash: First Look at Michael Ball and Alexandra Burke in CHESS at the London Coliseum
by BWW News Desk - April 26, 2018

The epic musical love story Chess starring Michael Ball as Anatoly, Alexandra Burke as Svetlana, Cedric Neal as The Arbiter, Tim Howar as Freddie, Cassidy Janson as Florence and Phillip Browne as Molokov opens tonight, Thursday 26 April 2018 (Press night on Tuesday 1 May 2018) for a strictly limited 5 week season. Check out a first look at the production in the photos below! (more...)

Murray Head Withdraws from West End CHESS; Cedric Neal Joins Cast as 'The Arbiter'Murray Head Withdraws from West End CHESS; Cedric Neal Joins Cast as 'The Arbiter'
by BWW News Desk - April 5, 2018

Chess is coming back to the West End for the first time since 1986, opening at the London Coliseum on Thursday 26 April 2018 (Press night on Tuesday 1 May 2018) for a strictly limited 5 week season. The show will come without one of its previously announced cast members, however. BroadwayWorld has just learned that Murray Head has withdrawn from the production. A show representative explained: (more...)

Photo Flash: West End-Bound CHESS Begins Rehearsals - Full Cast Announced!Photo Flash: West End-Bound CHESS Begins Rehearsals - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - March 26, 2018

The first West End production of Chess since 1986 stars Michael Ball as Anatoly, Alexandra Burke as Svetlana, Murray Head as The Arbiter, Tim Howar as Freddie, Cassidy Janson as Florence and Philip Browne as Molokov. This epic musical love story will open at the London Coliseum on Thursday 26 April 2018 (Press night on Tuesday 1 May 2018) for a strictly limited 5 week season. (more...)

Official: Starry Cast Set for West End CHESS; Ball, Burke, Head, Howar and Janson AnnouncedOfficial: Starry Cast Set for West End CHESS; Ball, Burke, Head, Howar and Janson Announced
by BWW News Desk - February 15, 2018

Multiple sources have revealed a starry cast for the upcoming West End production of Chess at London's Coliseum. The cast is said to include Michael Ball (The Russian), Alexandra Burke (Svetlana), Murray Head (The Arbiter), Tim Howar (The American) and Cassidy Janson (Florence). (more...)

Chatter: Starry Cast Set for West End CHESS - Ball, Burke, Head, Howar and JansonChatter: Starry Cast Set for West End CHESS - Ball, Burke, Head, Howar and Janson
by BWW News Desk - February 15, 2018

Multiple sources have revealed a starry cast for the upcoming West End production of Chess at London's Coliseum. The cast is said to include Michael Ball (The Russian), Alexandra Burke (Svetlana), Murray Head (The Arbiter), Tim Howar (The American) and Cassidy Janson (Florence). (more...)