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.
Chess at London Coliseum

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Overview


Genre: Musical
Venue: London Coliseum
Starts: Thursday 26 April 2018
Closes: Saturday 2 June 2018
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

Background


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.

Synopsis


One 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.


Includes the international hit singles 'I Know Him So Well' and 'One Night In Bangkok'. Other well-known songs from the score include 'Anthem', 'Someone Else's Story', 'Heaven Help my Heart' and 'Pity The Child'.


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Dates


Previews from:Thursday 26 April 2018

Closes:Saturday 2 June 2018

Performance days & times


Evening:

Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Matinee:

Wednesday - 2-30pm

Saturday - 2-30pm


Tickets


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Creatives


Author: Tim Rice and Richard Nelson
Composer: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Lyricist: Tim Rice and Björn Ulvaeus
Director: Laurence Connor
Choreography: Stephen Mear

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