Chess at London Coliseum tickets
Chess at London Coliseum tickets

Chess tickets from £17.75

Tickets from £17.75

Overview

Landmark musical Chess receives its first major West End revival in over 30 years at the prestigious London Coliseum. Written by great musical theatre lyricist Tim Rice and ABBA members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Chess is the phenomenal love story set against the background of the Cold War.

Originally premiering in 1986 at the Prince Edward Theatre, Trevor Nunn directed a cast of theatre legends, including Elaine Paige, Murray Head, Tommy Köberg and Denis Quilley. Earning three Olivier Award nominations, including Best Musical, the show went on to open on Broadway in 1988, reworked by playwright Richard Nelson.

Chess takes place on a giant chessboard, masking romantic rivalries and American-Soviet political tensions. Two grandmasters enter the ultimate battle; one is American and the other Russian. As their match gets underway, their lives are disrupted by a Hungarian refugee who becomes the centre of their emotional triangle. As passions become heighted, political struggles reach a climax that threatens to destroy lives and loves.

Featuring an iconic score with songs including “I Know Him So Well”, “One Night in Bangkok”, “Heaven Help My Heart” and “Pity the Child”, Chess is the highly-acclaimed musical from the lyricist behind Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Aida and Evita. The revival features direction by Laurence Connor (School of Rock, Miss Saigon) and choreography by Stephen Mear (Gypsy, Top Hat, Sunset Boulevard).

Casting includes theatre legend Michael Ball (Hairspray, Les Miserables) as Anatoly Sergievsky, Alexandra Burke (Sister Act, Strictly Come Dancing) as Svetlana Sergievsky, Cassidy Janson (Beautiful) as Florence Vassy, Cedric Neal (Motown the Musical) as The Arbiter, Tim Howar as Freddie Trumper and Phillip Browne as Molokov.

Presented by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade in collaboration with the English National Opera, the musical will feature the famous ENO Orchestra and Chorus. Chess plays a limited season at the London Coliseum from 26 April to 2 June 2018, with a press night on 1 May 2018 and is not to be missed, so get your Chess - Musical tickets now.

Recommended for

Fans of Tim Rice musicals and those who love musical theatre will adore Chess and should make sure to get tickets, which is receiving its first major revival in years! Anyone who regularly gets tickets to the London Coliseum will enjoy seeing the large orchestra in place.

Age Recommendations: No under 5's

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 26 Apr 2018
Press night: 01 May 2018
Booking from: 22 May 2018
Booking until: 02 Jun 2018

Next available performances

DateMatineeEvening
Tuesday 22 May 2018--7:30pm
Wednesday 23 May 20182:30pm7:30pm
Thursday 24 May 2018--7:30pm
Friday 25 May 2018--7:30pm
Saturday 26 May 20182:30pm7:30pm
Tuesday 29 May 2018--7:30pm
Wednesday 30 May 20182:30pm--

Location and map

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES

66 Reviews Add review

Chess is a strange show (a World Chess Tournament between Russian and US players set at the height of the Cold War, a love triangl... More

andysadler 5'9", 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Chess is a strange show (a World Chess Tournament between Russian and US players set at the height of the Cold War, a love triangle and political/emotional blackmail doesn't really sound a promising mix) but works pretty well and is raised above the level of confusion by the stunning performances of the five main lead roles: Michael Ball and Tim Howar as the competitors, Alexandra Burke and Cassidy Janson as the women caught up in the competitors' complicated lives and Cedric Neal as The Arbiter responsible for ensuring "fair play" is maintained despite the chaos that engulfs the players. The remaining cast and crew, especially the ENO Orchestra and Chorus, are superb and ensure an truly entertaining evening (even if the story gets a little lost from time to time). When it was first performed in the mid 80s, at the height of the Cold War, audiences would have been fully aware of the tensions between the Superpowers and the way that this crossed over into "Sports" - the boycotts of The Moscow and LA Olympics, for example - so the correlation between a Chess competition and geopolitical intrigue would have been much more resonant than they may be to today's audience, but if you ignore that and just go for the spectacle and the music, you won't be disappointed.

andysadler 5'9", 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was absolutely fantastic. Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke, Cassidy Janson and Cedric Neal gave a fantastic performance with... More

alexandertaylor-mccall 5"9, 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was absolutely fantastic. Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke, Cassidy Janson and Cedric Neal gave a fantastic performance with vocals and acting of a superb quality. The set was quite active with a good range of transitions and the addition of the big screens/live video feeds kept the show engaging as well as allowing everyone in the theatre to have a clear view of what was going on. The orchestra was also fantastic and I loved the fact they were at an elevated position. Overall I highly recommend!.

alexandertaylor-mccall 5"9, 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was phenomenal. I was left with goosebumps throughout the majority and was so impressed but all the performers. The orche... More

dianawilliams 5"4, 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was phenomenal. I was left with goosebumps throughout the majority and was so impressed but all the performers. The orchestra were amazing. The set was incredibly creative and it was amazing how they used different lighting to denote a change in location. The set was simplistic in terms of props on the stage however the lighting, use of projectors and camera's made it very unique and interesting.

dianawilliams 5"4, 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The orchestra were absolutely phenomenol and the staging was excellent. Some of the acting was incredible (although there were a c... More

emilydiver 5"0, 191 reviews, 14 helpful votes

The orchestra were absolutely phenomenol and the staging was excellent. Some of the acting was incredible (although there were a couple of weak links in the cast) but I personally prefer a slightly different version of Chess to the one that was being staged. Fans of the recent tour/ Royal Albert Hall will come away disappointed that the show has been significantly altered and a number of the songs removed.

emilydiver 5"0, 191 reviews, 14 helpful votes

The show was outstanding. Wonderful singers/actors, and very much more exciting staging than the production I saw decades ago. The... More

jenniepollock 4'11, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was outstanding. Wonderful singers/actors, and very much more exciting staging than the production I saw decades ago. The storyline is still a bit thin on understanding the motivations of the characters, but the whole package makes for a cracking night out.

jenniepollock 4'11, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I only went as my mum loves Michael ball. He was fabulous as always and never a fear he would fall off his note. The guy who playe... More

nataliecarter1 5"4, 35 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I only went as my mum loves Michael ball. He was fabulous as always and never a fear he would fall off his note. The guy who played the American was rather shouty when he sang which worked for his opening number but perhaps didn’t suit all the other songs. The video screen although impressive, I spent most of the time watching them rather than the stage which is party to do with the view I had or didn’t have. Very weird concept for a musical.

nataliecarter1 5"4, 35 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Took a while to get into but the score played by that orchestra is sublime. Great performances and staging of a classic. Very temp... More

stevesherwin 6”1, 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Took a while to get into but the score played by that orchestra is sublime. Great performances and staging of a classic. Very tempted to go back.

stevesherwin 6”1, 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Being revived in the West End 30 years after its Debut. The show still seeps with relevance. With an incredible score by ABBA fron... More

christierney777 5"9, 142 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Being revived in the West End 30 years after its Debut. The show still seeps with relevance. With an incredible score by ABBA front men Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson with Lyrics by Tim Rice. This show should not be missed.

christierney777 5"9, 142 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Michael Ball was amazing he proved why he is in such great shows. The staging was wonderful I wish I was able to see it again. I h... More

susanclements 5ft 3, 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Michael Ball was amazing he proved why he is in such great shows. The staging was wonderful I wish I was able to see it again. I highly recommend you go to see it.

susanclements 5ft 3, 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes