Chess the musical is based on an idea and with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, of ABBA fame. Chess was inspired by the political Cold War machinations shadowing the 1972 World Chess Championship between Bobby Fischer of the United States and defending champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union. In this ‘Match of the Century’ Fischer became the first American born in the United States to win the world title – ending 24 years of Soviet domination. Chess is the story of a love triangle between two grandmasters – one American, one Russian – and a woman who serves as a manager to one of the players but falls in love with the other. Several of the many musical excerpts in Chess have become popular worldwide hits, e.g. “One Night in Bangkok, “I Know Him So Well” and ‘Anthem’
Between October 19th and 28th we have 8 performances of Chess the musical – a Preview plus 7 – and you’re invited. If you’ve booked already I know you’re in for a treat. If you haven’t and you miss out, you will have missed a professional standard performance of a show described as as the most popular fictional portrayal of chess ever created.