Previewed 26 April 2018, Opened 1 May 2018, Closed 2 June 2018 at the London Coliseum
A major revival of the Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus musical Chess in London starring Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke and Murray Head
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 songs I Know Him So Well and One Night In Bangkok.
The cast features Michael Ball as 'Anatoly Sergievsky', Alexandra Burke as 'Svetlana Sergievsky', Cassidy Janson as 'Florence Vassy', Tim Howar as 'Freddie Trumper' and Murray Head as 'The Arbiter'.
Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and lyrics and book by Tim Rice. Directed by Laurence Connor with choreography by Stephen Mear, designs by Matthew Kinley, video by Terry Scruby, costumes by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Patrick Woodfroffe and sound by Mick Potter.
Michael Ball's West End stage credits include the title role in Jonathan Kent's revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre in 2012; the role of 'Edna Turnblad' in Jack O'Brien's production of Hairspray, based on the John Walters movie, at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007; and his own concert performances at the Haymarket Theatre in 2004.
Alexandra Burke's London credits include the lead role of 'Rachel Marron' in Thea Sharrock's production of the musical The Bodyguard, based on the Whitney Houston movie, at the Adelphi Theatre in 2014.
Cassidy Janson's West End theatre credits include the title role in Marc Bruni's production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre in 2017; and the role of 'Maggie Saunders' in Ian Talbot's production of Ken Ludwig's Lend Me A Tenor the Musical at the Gielgud Theatre in 2011.
Tim Howar's London stage credits include the role of 'Ozzie', one of the three sailors, in Jude Kelly's revival of Leonard Bernstein's On the Town, for English National Opera, at the London Coliseum in 2005; and the role of 'Stu Roderick' in Ben Elton's production od the Rod Stewart musical Tonight's The Night at the Victoria Palace in 2004.
Murray Head originated the role of 'Freddie Trumper' in the original production of Chess at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1986.
The musical Chess at the London Coliseum previewed from 26 April 2018, opened on 1 May 2018 and closed on 2 June 2018