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Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice's epic political love story hits the Civic Theatre stage for the first time ever. 


Written in 1984 by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice, 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’.

Read the full synopsis of Chess The Musical here.

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Interview with David Harris and Silvie Paladino

Interview with David Harris 

David Harris performs "Anthem"

Interview with Silvie Paladino

Silvie Paladino performs "Heaven Help My Heart"

Silvie Paladino and Amy Vee perform "I Know Him So Well" 

Directed by ERIN JAMES and Musical Directed by DAN WILSON, this production will feature a full orchestra and a 70 voice choir lead by Chorus Master KIM SUTHERLAND.


Florence Vassy - SILVIE PALADINO

Anatoly Sergievsky - DAVID HARRIS

Freddie Trumper - MARTY WORRALL

Svetlana Sergievsky - AMY VEE

Alexander Molokov - CHRISTOPHER ALLAN

Walter deCourcey - ROB MCDOUGALL


Featuring Khym Harris, Jade Shearman, Nerida Walker, Katie Blaxland, Megan Connelly, Brooke Littlewood, Alison Lobb, Ellery Durant, Theo Williams, Danny Folpp, Luke Power, Mathew Gallimore, Noah Lane, Ben Louttit, Brynn Hulls and Stuart Brown.


Friday 26th February, 8pm

Saturday 27th February, 2pm & 8pm

Sunday 28th February, 3pm

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