|Poppy Tierney. Chess UK Tour. Photo Keith Pattison|
Revel Horword's Chess piece for Cheltenham
Date: 13 September 2010
Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood directs an amazing company of actors and musicians in an extraordinary new staging of the classic musical Chess. Written by Tim Rice and ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, Chess has one of the greatest musical theatre scores of all time, including ‘One Night in Bangkok’; ‘Pity The Child’; ‘Anthem’; ‘You And I’ and, of course, ‘I Know Him So Well’, 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 Florency Vassy in a romantic triangle that mirrors the heightened passions of the Cold War, all set to an explosive score by the composers of Mamma Mia and the lyricist of Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.
Craig Revel Horwood has previously won huge critical acclaim for his thrilling productions of Boublil and Schonberg’s Martin Guerre; Spend, Spend, Spend; Hot Mikado and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, which transferred to the West End. His regular collaborator, Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator Sarah Travis won the Tony Award for her work on the Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd.
Everyman Theatre Tue 28 September – Sat 2 October
- by Simon Cole
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