Cast announced for Chess

Cast announced for Chess

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Parissima Darabiha
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    Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke and Cassidy Janson are set to star in the major West End return of Chess, coming to the London Coliseum for a strictly-limited season starting 26 April 2018. The epic musical love story will also feature Murray Head, star of the original 1986 production, and Tim Howar, lead vocalist of Mike +the Mechanics.

    This is the fourth production in collaboration with English National Opera by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade, after Sunset Boulevard, Carousel and Sweeney Todd to the London Coliseum.

    Michael Ball will perform the role of Anatoly. For 30 years, he has been starring in productions in the West End and on Broadway. His theatre credits include Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Passion, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hairspray and Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

    Alexandra Burke will play the role of Svetlana. She rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008, and currently stands as one of the most successful winners of the show selling well over 4 million records in the UK alone. She made her West End debut in 2014 playing the role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard.

    English actor and recording artist Murray Head performed the role of world chess champion Frederick "Freddie" Trumper in the original London West End stage production of Chess. He has also performed in Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair in the West End. He will take on the role of The Arbiter.

    Tim Howar is best known as the lead vocalist with Mike + the Mechanics. He made his West End debut as the male lead in Peggy Sue Got Married. His West End credits also include Rent and Rock of Ages. He will perform the role of Freddie.

    Cassidy Janson will play the role of Florence. Her credits include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Avenue Q and Wicked and played standby Elphaba.

    Written in 1984 by ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Evita), Chess tells a story of love and political intrigue set against the background of the Cold War, in which superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends.

    Two of the world’s greatest chess masters, one American and one Russian, risk becoming the pawns of their governments as their battle for the world title gets underway. Simultaneously, their lives are thrown into further confusion by a Hungarian refugee, a remarkable woman who becomes the centre of their emotional triangle. 

    Featuring English National Opera’s award-winning Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by John Rigby with choreography by Stephen Mear, this new West End production will be directed by Laurence Connor, whose recent credits include School of Rock, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, and will include international hit singles I Know Him So Well and One Night In Bangkok.

    At the London Coliseum from 26 April to 2 June 2018, book your Chess tickets today!