Chess Tickets and Dates

London Coliseum, London

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CHESS is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 20.
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May 2018

More Information about Chess

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.
CHESS

Booking Period:
26 April - 2 June 2018

Running Time: To be confirmed

Age Restrictions: 5+

What people are saying about Chess

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
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dated - Might last the 6 weeks. Wonderful theatre, great presentation and set design. Orchestra and sound beyond expectation. Wonderful performance by Michael Ball, Alexandra and Co. First half was hard work, second half improved. Won't be going back or recommending.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely my favourite musical so far this year A brilliant musical in a very ornate theatre. The staff were very helpful as my husband had trouble with his back and they let him walk along the back of the balcony during the second half. definitely one I would see again.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most enjoyable show I went with my husband yesterday what a fabulous show. Singing and music was fantastic.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding The best musical ever and lve seen them all. The stage design was superb. The choreography was outstanding. Every soloist had a great voice. Nothing missing at all.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still in awe! I can’t believe this show is only on for 6 weeks. It was spectacular from beginning to end. The use of tv cameras blended into the show perfectly and meant you could see all the action close up. Watch out for the flight arrival - the best staging idea I’ve seen.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chess is fantastic! We saw Chess 32 years ago but this rendition is even better. The singing is superb.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reminded just how great the music was! Went to see chess on my own after work. Loved it. As I had a cheap ticket up in the balcony the stage was quite a distance away but this didn't really detract from the main event as quite a bit was shown on big screens either side of the stage. There were a few moments when the style of singing did cause a difficulty in hearing all of the words but the story was great and the acting excellent. The two main male chess players were superb and the female lead did herself proud. I hadn't realised until the day that Alexandra Burke was also starring and well she can turn out an emotional tune. Highly recommend seeing this during its short season. I also had never been inside the London coliseum and that was a pure delight.
Date published: 2018-05-10
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