Written in 1984 by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and lyrics by 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.
Chess 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’.
Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 October 2018, 7.30pm
Saturday Matinee 2.30pm
Tickets on sale from the Haslemere Hall!
Director, Hamish Donaldson
Musical Director, Clive Osgood
Choreographer, Mandy Boughton