From ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus with lyrics by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Lion King) Chess the Musical is coming to the London Coliseum.
This politically driven musical drama revolves around a Cold War chess match for the world title. The battle between the American and Soviet players is being twisted and turned by their respective governments for politically motivated purposes. When an intriguing Hungarian refugee enters the picture she becomes another player in their emotional game. Being used as pawns by their governments and caught between two world powers, the struggle threatens to destroy their lives.
Chess has an iconic soundtrack that is well loved around the world. The album went Top Ten in the UK, West Germany, South Africa and Sweden. In a BBC Listener Poll of #1 Essential Musicals Chess landed in the Top Ten. The show includes such hits as I Know Him So Well, One Night in Bangkok, Anthem, Heaven Help My Heart, and Pity the Child.
This revival of Chess is being presented by the ENO and will feature their award-winning orchestra and chorus. Chess is being directed by Laurence Connor (School of Rock, Miss Saigon) with choreography by Stephen Means. The run opens 26 April 2018 and closes 02 June. The casting of the leads will be announced shortly.
On sale from November 3, 2017, buy your Chess tickets early to guarantee your seats to this amazing revival.