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Chess

The first West End production of Chess since 1986 starring Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke, Tim Howar, Cassidy Janson and Cedric Neal. This epic musical love story, will open at the London Coliseum on Thursday 26 April for a strictly limited five 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.

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. 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’.

Featuring English National Opera’s award-winning Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by John Rigby with choreography by Stephen Mear.  This new West End production will be directed by Laurence Connor, whose recent credits include School of Rock and Miss Saigon on Broadway and in the West End, Les Misérables on Broadway, and the international Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour. This is the fourth production in collaboration with ENO by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade.

Address

33 St Martin's Lane

Westminster

London

WC2N 4ES

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or cancellations after purchase.

Cast

This new West End production, featuring English National Opera’s award-winning Orchestra and Chorus, will be directed by Laurence Connor, whose recent credits include School of Rock and Miss Saigon on Broadway and in the West End, Les Misérables on Broadway, and the international Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour. Choreography is by Stephen Mear. 

Duration

Running Time is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes

Good To Know

The appearance of any given artist is not guaranteed and no refunds or exchanges will be available should changes be made from the advertised cast

How Does It Work

You will receive a voucher after purchase - please print and present on arrival.

Performance Times

26 Apr - 02 Jun 2018

London Coliseum

33 St Martin's Lane

Westminster

London

WC2N 4ES

Latest customer reviews

  • Excellent game

    30 May 2018

    Powerful, emotional and beautifully played. I took my mother as a surprise - she had not seen it when it was first released, as she did not think she would enjoy it. I was delighted to prove her wrong. There were so many things going on on the stage, both of us would have loved to see it again soon

    Muscials fan Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Great show

    30 May 2018

    We loved Chess. All four leads were terrific, the whole cast of actors, singers and dancers were top class and the orchestra was perfect.

    Ann Hyde Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Chess

    28 May 2018

    Not really my cup of tea, slow start and not many songs that i was familiar with and i found the second half was better than the first. The majority of the singing was okay. Alexander Burke was excellent and has definitely found her niche in theatre.

    Sue Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Chess was Amazing!

    27 May 2018

    Alexander Burke and Cassidy Johnson gave me goosebumps when they sang I know him so well! The whole show was Amazing and Micheal Ball and all of the other Main male singers fitted together so well and the story telling was made it along with the music itself! XxX Standing ovations all round and so much deserved! Haven't felt this way for many years! XxX

    Rachel Johnson Confirmed ticket purchaser