Chess the MusicalChess the Musical , by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus is being presented by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade in collaboration with English National Opera. It is running at the Coliseum for the first time in 30 years for five weeks only from 1st May until 2nd June 2018.

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. This is the fourth production in collaboration with ENO by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade.

The production will feature a 48 piece orchestra with initial casting including Michael Ball starring as the Russian  Anatoly Sergievsky with X Factor winner Alexandra Burke as Svetlana Sergievsky, with Tim Howar (Rock of Ages, co lead singer of Mike and the Mechanics) as Frederick Trumper, Cassidy Janson (Beautiful & Leading Ladies) as Florence Vassy, Phillip Browne (The Lion King) as Molokov and Cedric Neal as the Arbiter. Joining them will be Sabrina Aloueche (first cover Florence) Robin Bailey, Sarah Bakker, Jeremy Batt, Kimberley Blake, Sophie Camble, Cellen Chugg Jones, Jordan Lee Davies, Jonathan David Dudley, Richard Emerson, Callum Evans, Chris Gage, Matt Harrop, Jack Horner, Stevie Hutchinson, Nicholas Lee, Sinead Long, Robbie McMillan, Jo Morris, Jennifer Robinson, Jo Servi, Alexandra Waite-Roberts, Carrie Willis, Stuart Winter, Chris Gardner, Matthew Walker and Joe Watkins

Chess tells the story of a romantic triangle between two players in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any specific individuals, the characters personalities are loosely based on those of Victor Korchnoi and Bobby Fischer and the oddity of the Merano championship in the musical is based on the similar oddities which occurred during the 1978 World Championship between Korchnoi and Anatoly Karpov. The musical contains some powerful classic numbers including I Know Him So Well, One Night In Bangkok, Anthem and Heaven Help My Heart.

The show opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in London's West End in 1986 where it played for three years. A much-altered US version premiered on Broadway in 1988, but ran for only two months. It last toured he UK in 2010/2011 when it was directed by Craig Revel Horwood.


show times

Monday-Saturday 7:30 pm / Matinees Wednesday & Saturday at 2:30 pm. Running time TBA



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