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Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke and Cassidy Janson in the Chess West End revival

The classic musical returns to the West End for a limited run

Tim Howar, Cedric Neal and Michael Ball in Chess
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Production images have been released offering a first look at Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke, Cassidy Janson and Tim Howar with the company of Chess on stage at the Coliseum.


The 1984 musical by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Lion King) tells the story of two chess champions, Freddie and Anatoly, battling it out in the midst of the Cold War.

The new production marks the first time that the show has run in the West End since 1986. The piece is directed by Laurence Connor (School of Rock, Miss Saigon), and features the English National Opera's orchestra and chorus, conducted by John Rigby. It has choreography by Stephen Mear, with design by Matthew Kinley, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, video design by Terry Scruby, sound design by Mick Potter and costume design by Christina Cunningham.