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April 26 - June 2, 2018

The ultimate Rock Opera is back after 30 years.

Why See Chess?


Back for the first time in 30 years

Chess, the 1980s rock opera that shook the world returns to the West End for the first time in 30 years. The English National Opera will be presenting Chess at the London Coliseum for a limited five-week engagement in April 2018. Set during the Cold War, America's and Russia's relationship is heavily strained, with political tension at an all time high two chess rivals go head-to-head, but this match is more than just a game of chess.

West End royalty Michael Ball will tread the boards once more as Anatoly alongside Alexandra Burke, Murray Head, Tim Howar and Cassidy Janson.

What is Chess about?

At the heart of the story are Freddie Trumper (the ostentatious American), Anatoly Sergievsky (the passionate Russian) and Florence Vassy (Freddie's strong-willed and long suffering second). Freddie and Anatoly are set to compete in the Wold Chess Championships, a match that holds a great deal of political tension for not only US and USSR relations but world politics as a whole. This rock-opera is certainly complex as the three pawns become entangled in a love-triangle that jeopardises the tournament.

As the story moves around the world the players, lovers, politicians and spies are manipulated to the beat of an impressive rock score. ABBAs Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson are the creative genius' behind this vast and extravagant score, having teamed up with world-renowned lyricist, Tim Rice the music is certainly at the centre of the show. Audiences will become immersed in the story as they sing along to well known hits such as "I Know Him So Well" and "One Night In Bangkok".

Did you know...

The song "One Night in Bangkok" was such a hit that it was released as its own single and is still heavily featured on playlists on rock music stations.

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Previews from: 26 April 2018

Opening night: 1 May 2018

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Cast and Creative


Michael Ball as Anatoly
Alexandra Burke as Svetlana
Cedric Neal as The Arbiter
Tim Howar as Freddie
Cassidy Janson as Florence
Philip Browne as Molokov

Sabrina Aloueche, Robin Bailey, Sarah Bakker, Jeremy Batt, Kimberley Blake, Sophie Camble, Cellen Chugg Jones, Jordan Lee Davies, Jonathan David Dudley, Richard Emerson, Callum Evans, Chirs Gage, Matt Harrop, Jack Horner, Stevie Hutchinson, Nicholas Lee, Sinead Long, Robbie McMillan, Jo Morris, Jennifer Robinson, Jo Servi, Alexandra Waite-Roberts,Carrie Willis, Stuart Winter, Chirs Gardner, Matthew Walker and Joe Watkins


Conducted by John Rigby
Directed by Laurence Connor
Designed by Matthew Kinley
Costume Design by Christina Cunningham
Lighting designed by Patrick Woodfroffe
Video designed by Terry Scruby
Sound designed by Mick Potter
Choreographed by Stephen Mear

Next available performances

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Fri, Apr 27



Sat, Apr 28


Sun, Apr 29



Mon, Apr 30



Tue, May 1



Wed, May 2


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