An all-star cast has been announced for the forthcoming tour of Chess, arriving at The Lowry on 26 October.

Wicked’s Shona White will play Florence whilst Daniel Koek of West Side Story fame plays The Russian. Poppy Tierney takes on Svetlana and Phantom’s James Graeme will play Walter.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood directs the company of actors and musicians in an extraordinary new staging of the classic musical CHESS.

Written by Tim Rice and ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, CHESS has one of the greatest musical theatre scores of all time including “One Night In Bangkok”, “You And I” and “I Know Him So Wel”l which became a number one hit for Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson.

Two of the world's greatest chess masters battle it out at the world chess championships but their greatest contest is for the love of one woman. Amidst political intrigue and international conspiracies, the American and the Russian fight to win the heart of Florence Vassy in a romantic triangle that mirrors the heightened passions of the Cold War all set to an explosive score.

CHESS arrives at the Lowry from 26 - 30 October.