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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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Michael Ball, who previously starred in Chess at the London Coliseum, has had an illustrious career in musical theatre, including his recent role in the special concert engagement of Les Misérables. more...

In 2018, Alexandra Burke showcased her remarkable talent in the role of Svetlana in the critically acclaimed production of Chess at the London Coliseum. more...

Sophie Camble, who has an extensive theatre background including her role in "Chess" at the London Coliseum, has also showcased her talents in numerous productions such as "White Christmas" and "Cats." more...

Jordan Lee Davies showcased his versatility as Cover Arbiter & Anatoly in Chess at the London Coliseum. more...

Jonathan David Dudley, who understudied the role of The Arbiter in English National Opera’s production of Chess at the London Coliseum, has an extensive background in musical theatre with performances spanning from the West End to international stages. more...

Chris Gardner, who has previously showcased his versatility in productions such as "Miss Saigon" and "My Fair Lady," was part of the ensemble in "Chess." more...

Jack Horner, a versatile performer with a background in circus arts, served as Circus Captain and was part of the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 'Love Never Dies' in London's West End. more...

Tim Howar, who has an extensive background in both Canadian and West End productions, starred as Stacee Jaxx in the London production of Rock of Ages at the Garrick Theatre until its closure in November 2013. more...

Cassidy Janson, who played a memorable role in the English National Opera's production of Chess, has an impressive theatre resume that includes standout performances in shows like Wicked and Beautiful, where her portrayal of Carole King earned high praise from the music legend herself. more...

Cellen Chugg Jones showcased his versatility in the London Coliseum's production of Chess, where he performed as an ensemble member and was the first cover for the character Freddie. more...

Sinead Long, who trained at The Arts Educational Schools in London, was part of the pop choir in *Chess* at the London Coliseum. more...

Cedric Neal, who portrayed The Arbiter in the first revival of "Chess" at London's Coliseum, has an impressive career spanning stage, television, and film, including a notable semifinalist appearance on "The Voice UK" in 2019. more...

Alexandra Waite-Roberts showcased her versatile talents as a Pop Trio featured vocalist and Ensemble member in the London revival of Chess at the London Coliseum. more...

Chess FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Prologue: The Story of Chess
Merano
Press Conference
Anatoly and Molokov
Where I Want to Be
U.S. Versus U.S.S.R.
Arbiter's Song
Chess Hymn
Merchandisers' Song
Chess
Quartet
Florence and Molokov
Nobody's Side
Mountain Duet
Florence Quits
Pity the Child
Embassy Lament
Heaven Help My Heart
Anthem
One Night in Bangkok
Florence and Anatoly
You and I
The Soviet Machine
Interview
The Deal
I Know Him So Well
Frederick and Anatoly
Endgame
The Argument
East or West?
Postponement
A Major Story
How Many Women
Someone Else's Story
Terrace Duet
Hungarian Folk Song
No Contest
A Whole New Board Game
Let's Work Together
Lullaby

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