Presented by Durham Musical Theatre Company
Following on from our award-winning production of “Evita”, Durham Musical Theatre Company is proud and privileged to be bringing to Durham the mega-hit musical “Chess”. This show is also written by Tim Rice, but this time with the ABBA musical writing team of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, with original orchestrations and arrangements by Anders Eljas.
“Chess” is a heart-rending love story of a woman torn between two men, who happen to be the world’s greatest chess champions, one American and one Russian. Set against the background of the Cold War, the two governments attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for their own political ends. In this love triangle of political intrigue, their personal lives are constantly being influenced by the superpowers, and the heightened passions of these political struggles threaten to destroy both their lives and loves.
“Chess” opened in London in 1986 and as with “Evita”, the show starred Elaine Paige. The score became an instant sensation and includes the hit numbers: “I Know Him So Well”, “One Night in Bangkok”, “Anthem”, “Pity the Child”, “Heaven Help My Heart” and “Someone Else’s Story”.
This will be a rare opportunity to experience in Durham a powerful piece of musical theatre which has consistently received great reviews:
“Chess” is a fine piece of work that shows the dinosaur mega-musical evolving into an intelligent form of life ~ The Sunday Times
“Chess” convincingly proves that the modern musical has come of age ~ The Stage
“Chess” is gift wrapped and gorgeous ~ The Daily Telegraph
“Chess”, from its opening to its anthem of a finale, is a well-written and structured entertainment that is warm, emotional, intelligent and consistently watchable ~ BBC Radio London
£17 - £19.50