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CHESS is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 27.
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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 Miserables 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.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic value for money Up in the gods but great seat for the price. Acoustics were wonderful.
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not the most enjoyable musical Birthday present for my husband and my daughter had seen it before many years ago and was looking forward to seeing it again and we all very much enjoy Michael Ball .
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Absolutely fabulous in every way - what an experience and very thought provoking as well.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a pleasant surprise! The last time I was surprised by a show was Evita - all those years ago! I didn't see the London production of Chess, although I have read about all the staging problems etc. This production was so cleverly contrived it took my breath away! It was a truly memorable experience. Musically and dramatically I couldn't fault it! Thank you ENO for making this such a wonderful experience for me.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliantly staged and performed Wonderful production with plenty to see and a wonderful cast. Couldn't have been better.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Anniversary celebration Great show but very disappointing seat in the Balcony section. Seats were static - as I'm 5ft 1ins tall my feet didn't touch the floor fully so I had to rest my feet on my handbag. We couldn't fully see the front of the stage and then people in all the rows in front of us kept leaning forward which resulted in even less visibility. An argument broke out between people a few rows in front of us about leaning forward so I just closed my eyes and listened to the great music for a while.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fabulous show, well worth watching! A thoroughly enjoyable experience. Michael Ball and fellow actors were amazing.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We have been to several musicals and this was up there with the best of them Absolutely fantastic go see it you will not be disappointed we will
Date published: 2018-05-18
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