Chess is returning to the West End for its first major London revival in over 30 years! The highly-acclaimed musical from renowned lyricist Sir Tim Rice and ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, will run for a limited period at the London Coliseum and feature the English National Opera’s award-winning Orchestra and Chorus. Chess will be directed by Laurence Connor (School of Rock, Miss Saigon) and choreographed by Stephen Mear.
Known for its songs “One Night in Bangkok” and the UK Number 1 single “I Know Him So Well”, the original production received three Olivier Award nominations and starred Elaine Paige, Murray Head, Tommy Körberg and Denis Quilley.
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Michael Ball, Britain’s leading musical theatre star, will perform the role of Anatoly. For 30 years Ball has been starring in musical theatre productions in the West End and on Broadway winning critical acclaim and awards for his stage work and recording career. He is a double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist and radio and TV presenter. Ball made his West End debut as Marius in the original London cast of Les Misérables; he starred in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love in the West End and on Broadway, in the London production of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion and as Caractacus Potts in the West End musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Alexandra Burke is Svetlana. Burke rose to fame after winning the fifth series of 'The X Factor' in 2008, and currently stands as one of the most successful winners of the show selling well over 4 million records in the UK alone. Burke released the winner's single ‘Hallelujah’, which became the current European record holder for single sales over a period of 24 hours, selling 105,000 in one day. In 2014, she made her West End debut playing the lead role of Rachel Marron in the acclaimed musical, The Bodyguard.
Cassidy Janson is Florence. Her most recent project was the Leading Ladies trio along with Amber Riley and Beverley Knight. Previous to this Janson played Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Other theatre credits include Ruth in Dessa Rose at the Trafalgar Studios opposite Cynthia Erivo, Tick Tick Boom for the Menier Chocolate Factory starring alongside Neil Patrick Harris, Blood Wedding at the Courtyard Theatre, Rooms: A Rock Romance at the Finborough, Lend Me a Tenor at the Gielgud Theatre playing the principle role of Maggie, and Company at the Southwark Playhouse.
Cedric Neal will play The Arbiter. Neal was most recently in the West End when he starred as Berry Gordy in Motown the Musical.
Singer Tim Howar is best known as the lead vocalist with Mike + the Mechanics. He made his West End debut as the male lead in Peggy Sue Got Married. He has also appeared in West End productions of Rent and Rock of Ages. In his native Canada he starred in Broadway productions of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Miss Saigon, Tommy, The House of Martin Guerre and Les Misérables. Howar will perform the role of Freddie.
Chess is more than just a game: it’s a metaphor for romantic rivalries and American-Soviet political tensions. Two grandmasters face off against one another. One is an impolite American, the other an honest Russian. As luck would have it, the woman who manages one of the men falls in love with the other. This acclaimed musical sees the players, lovers, politicians, CIA and KGB travel across the globe, making their moves to the sound of Chess’ outstanding score.
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