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Chess - first images released of Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke and the cast

L-R: Murray Head, Cassidy Janson, Phillip Browne, Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke, Sir Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and director Laurence Connor. Photo credit: Frederic Aranda.

Casting news

PRODUCTION images have been released from Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Björn Ulvaeus’ Chess. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Björn Ulvaeus’ Chess. The first West End production since 1986, it runs at the London Coliseum from from May 1 (previews from April 26) to June 2, 2018.

Completing the cast are 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, Chris 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, Chris Gardner, Matthew Walker and Joe Watkins.

They join previously announced Michael Ball as Anatoly, Alexandra Burke as Svetlana, Murray Head as The Arbiter, Tim Howar as Freddie, Cassidy Janson as Florence and Philip Browne as Molokov. Read more.

Chess tells a story of love and political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s, in which superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends.

Two of the world’s greatest chess masters, one American, one Russian, are in danger of becoming the pawns of their governments as their battle for the world title gets under way. Simultaneously their lives are thrown into further confusion by a Hungarian refugee, a remarkable woman who becomes the centre of their emotional triangle. This mirrors the heightened passions of the political struggles that threaten to destroy lives and loves.

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Image: L-R: Murray Head, Cassidy Janson, Phillip Browne, Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke, Sir Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and director Laurence Connor. Photo credit: Frederic Aranda.