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    By Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Richard Nelson

    20:15, Tue 10th May 2016 - Fri 13th May 2016 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    Easter Week 2

    Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and with lyrics by Tim Rice. The story involves a romantic triangle between two top chess players, an American and a Russian, in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other; all in the context of a Cold War struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, during which both countries wanted to win international chess tournaments for propaganda purposes. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any specific individuals, the character of the American was loosely based on chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer, while elements of the story may have been inspired by the chess careers of Russian grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi and Anatoly Karpov.
    As had been done with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita, a highly successful concept album of Chess was released in 1984. The first theatrical production of Chess opened in London's West End in 1986 and played for three years. A much-altered U.S. version premièred on Broadway in 1988, but survived only for two months. Chess is frequently revised for new productions, many of which try to merge elements from both the London and Broadway versions; however, no major revival production of the musical has yet been attempted either on West End or Broadway.

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    Auditions for Chess

    Audition details

    • Sat 12th Jun, 15:45–19:45, Random Location 2
    • Mon 31st May, 13:30–15:30, Random Location 9

    Contact before 19th Jun 2021 01:00 for more details.

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      Designer roles for Chess

      We are looking for: Supreme Artistic Overlord, Set Designer , Production Designer

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