Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Lyrics by Tim Rice

In the heart of the Cold War, “Chess” unfolds as a gripping tale of love, rivalry, and political intrigue set against the backdrop of international chess competitions. The musical delves into the intense world of Freddie Trumper, the brash American chess champion, and Anatoly Sergievsky, the enigmatic Russian grandmaster, whose personal and political differences are played out on the global stage.

As the chess matches become a metaphor for the Cold War power struggle, Florence Vassy, a Hungarian refugee, finds herself torn between these two compelling figures. The political machinations intensify as the chessboard becomes a battlefield, mirroring the tension between East and West.

With a rich and varied score that includes standout songs like “One Night in Bangkok” and “I Know Him So Well,” “Chess” explores themes of love, betrayal, and the high-stakes game of global politics. The musical transcends the chessboard, delving into the complex moves and counter-moves of the characters’ lives.

Join Freddie, Anatoly, and Florence in this emotionally charged musical that takes audiences on a rollercoaster ride of passion and power. “Chess” is a riveting story of strategy, sacrifice, and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit in the face of geopolitical adversity.

Directed by Nigel Taylor
Musical Director David Blackwell

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