Written in 1984 by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice, 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’.



Thursday 19th October7:45pm (Preview)
Friday 20th October7:45pm (Opening)
Saturday 21st October7:45pm
Sunday 22nd October3:00pm (Matinee)
Wednesday 25th October7:45pm
Thursday 26th October7:45pm
Friday 27th October7:45pm
Saturday 28th October7:45pm

Production Team

Director Alan Burrows
Musical Director Martine Wengrow
Assistant Musical Director Stephanie Lewendon-Lowe
Choreographer Dianne Crough
Costume Designer Katrina Stanley
Set Designer David Dare
Lighting Designer Tom Willis
Stage Manager Andrew Roberts
Producer Richard Beveridge
Associate Producer Ros Turnley


Freddie Trumper Robbie Medica
Florence Vassy Emily McKenzie
Svetlana Sergievsky Candice Sweetman
The Arbiter Nic Russ
Alexander Molokov Zak Brown
Anatoly Sergievsky Owen Clarke
Walter de Courcey Ian Frost

Supporting Cast

James Studds, Kinloch Anstiss, Mark Cluning, Elle Richards, Stephanie Black, Eliza Truscott, Charles Pruden, Rachel Beard, Graeme Jackson, Imogen Whittaker, Will Cain, Caitlin Lamont, Zoe Woods, Rick Howden, Campbell Sewell, Christina Prickett, Karen Levey, Stephanie Clare-Cover, Hayley Wootten