The landmark musical Chess, written in 1984 by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, along with Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Evita), is returning to the West End with a run at The London Coliseum. Including the international hit singles “I Know Him So Well” and “One Night In Bangkok”, this new West End production, features English National Opera’s award-winning orchestra and chorus. With choreography by Stephen Mear, Chess will be directed by Laurence Connor, whose recent credits include School of Rock on Broadway and in the West End, and the Broadway production of Les Misérables.
Chess tells a story of love and political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends and 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.
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