Chess The Musical

By arrangement with Three Knights Limited, The Shubert Organisation Inc and Robert Fox Limited

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This summer, second year Musical Theatre students perform Chess The Musical in concert.

Written in 1984 by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and 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. Includes the international hit singles I Know Him So Well and One Night In Bangkok. Other well-known songs from the score include Anthem, Heaven Help my Heart and Pity The Child.

BENNY ANDERSSON · TIM RICE · BJÖRN ULVAUES

FREDERICK TRUMPER
American Grandmaster
Jayden Jamieson-Hixon / Elliot Broadfoot (U/S)

FLORENCE VASSY
Frederick's Lover / Second
Darcie Brown / India Maurice

ANATOLY SERGIEVSKY
Russian Grandmaster

Adam Hawkins / Joe Brown

WALTER DE COURCEY
Head of the American Delegation
Alex Terry

ALEXANDER MOLOKOV
Head of the Russian Delegation

Jack Hewitt

ARBITER
Niamh Hendron

SVETLANA SERGIEVSKAYA
Tori McDougall / Zoë Martin

Various other roles to be played by members of The Company.

ENSEMBLE
Ellie Arnold
Adam Boulton
Elliot Broadfoot
Cameron Burgess
Melissa Cameron
Isabelle Campbell
Ryan Lee Chatton
Ryan Cooke
Neha Eapen
Brandon Filler
Charlotte George
Thomas Grace
Lily Hutt
India Lakhan
Chanelle Leung
George Melvin
Charlie Moore
Charlotte Raddon
Alex Rogerson
Edward Smellie
Mia Smith
Emily Snooks
Mattilde Stokes
Joshua Talbot
Ciaran Walker
Serena Walsh
Drew Watt
Amy Waugh
Riley Williames
Austin Woodcock

REED 1
Sofia Pan

REED 2
Louise Fegredo

REED 3
Rebecca Hudson

TRUMPET
Archie Russel-Weeks

TROMBONE
Mason Hirst

HORN
Michael Arnold

PERCUSSION
Samuel Milton

DRUMS
Finn Oates

GUITAR
John Ankhurst

BASS
Liam Illife

KEYS 1
Mark Newberry

KEYS 2
Marcus Carson

KEYS 3
Will Rowson

DIRECTOR / CHOREOGRAPHER
Sam Spencer-Lane

LIGHTING DESIGNER
Jonathan Simpson

ORIGINAL ORCHESTRATIONS AND ARRANGEMENTS
Anders Eljas

STAGE MANAGER
Richard Herrick

PROGRAMME LEADER - MUSICAL THEATRE
Adam Stadius

CASTING DIRECTOR
Kay Magson

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Aaron Newland-Bentley

CHORUS DIRECTOR
Andrew Griffiths

DANCE CAPTAINS
Lily Hutt
Chanelle Leung

DANCE CAPTAIN / ASSOCIATE
Charlotte Raddon

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Tristan Watson

TECHNICAL MANAGER
David Simpson

LIVE STREAM DIRECTOR
Mark Daniel Rogers

MARKETING
James Wilson

PHOTOGRAPHY
Joe Horner

AUDIO DESCRIBER
Michèle Jackson

Access Performances

Audio Described

  • Friday 9 July 2021, 7:30PM
  • Delivered by Michèle Jackson

Audio Description enables a blind or visually impaired person to experience and enjoy a production on an equal basis. The description is a live verbal commentary which provides information on key visual elements such as lighting effects and scene changes,  plus the movements, body language and facial expressions of a character. The commentary is delivered during gaps in the dialogue.

Also included is a short introduction which establishes the visual world of the production by describing the setting, characters and costumes.

Covid-19

This project was rehearsed and recorded under strict Covid-19 safety measures including regular testing and use of face coverings. Students formed a fixed team bubble for the duration of the project while all creative and production teams were socially distanced in accordance with government guidelines.

Acknowledgements

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe).

Streaming is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) London, UK.

All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe.

Thanks to Leeds City Council for facilitating the use of the giant chess boards in Victoria Gardens.

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Chess The Musical | photo Joe Horner

Chess The Musical | photo Joe Horner

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