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Tim Rice’s Chess to get West End revival

Chess is to run at the London Coliseum
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Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice’s 1984 musical Chess is to run at the West End next year.

Chess will show at the London Coliseum for a limited run from April 26 to June 2, 2018, with press night on May 1.

The original production, written by Abba songwriters Andersson, Ulvaeus and Rice, ran in 1986 at the Prince Edward Theatre in London and starred Elaine Paige.

It tells the story of a world championship chess match taking place during the Cold War and will be directed by Laurence Connor.

The musical will also feature the English National Opera’s Orchestra and Chorus and choreography by Stephen Mear.

Casting is to be announced.

It is being produced by Michael Linnit, Michael Grade, English National Opera by arrangement with Three Knights Limited, the Shubert Organization Inc and Robert Fox Limited.