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Michael Linnit and Michael Grade in collaboration with English National Opera by arrangement with Three Knights Limited, The Shubert Organisation Inc & Robert Fox Limited present


Landmark musical in first major West End revival in over 30 years.

26 Apr - 02 Jun 2018

The First West End production of Chess since 1986 starring Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke, Murray Head, Tim Howar and Cassidy Janson. This epic musical love story, will open at the London Coliseum on Thursday 26 April for a strictly limited five week season.

Written in 1984 by ABBA songwriters 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 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. Includes the international hit singles ‘I Know Him So Well’ and ‘One Night In Bangkok’. Other well-known songs from the score include ‘Anthem’, ‘Someone Else’s Story’, ‘Heaven Help my Heart’ and ‘Pity The Child’.

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 and Miss Saigon on Broadway and in the West End, Les Misérables on Broadway, and the international Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour. This is the fourth production in collaboration with ENO by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade.

ENO FriendsYoung PatronsAmerican Friends and Patrons can join us for our Supporters’ Evening on 17 May 2018.

11 Matinee Performances Remaining

Tickets available from £15-£150 (plus booking fee)*

Pre performance talk
28 Apr 2018
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
Book your talk ticket here >>

*A £1.75 booking fee per ticket will apply.

For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]


Creative Team

John Rigby


Murray Hipkin


9 May Matinee
16 May Evening
22 May Evening

Laurence Connor


Matthew Kinley


Christina Cunningham

Costume Designer

Patrick Woodfroffe

Lighting Designer

Terry Scruby

Video Designer

Mick Potter

Sound Designer

Stephen Mear



Michael Ball


Alexandra Burke


Murray Head

The Arbiter

Tim Howar


Cassidy Janson