21:00, Wed 5th September 2018 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
20:45, Thu 6th September 2018 at Barbican Centre
20:45, Fri 7th September 2018 at Crucible Theatre
12:45, Sat 8th September 2018 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
20:30, Sun 9th September 2018 at London Palladium
20:45, Tue 11th September 2018 at Crucible Theatre
16:00, Fri 14th September 2018 at Royal Opera House, London
22:15, Mon 17th September 2018 at Savoy Theatre
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.