Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park

1st - 5th November 2016

Saturday matinée at 2.30pm

Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, along with Tim Rice, have created a complex rock opera that has played to full West End and Broadway houses.

Here, the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super power politics and international intrigues. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion and a Hungarian American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match in Bangkok with the American but falls for the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes I Know Him So Well, One Night in Bangkok and Heaven Help My Heart

  • Opening Night
    1 November 2016 at 19:30 (The Wilde Theatre)
  • Evening Performance
    2 November 2016 at 19:30 (The Wilde Theatre)
  • Evening Performance
    3 November 2016 at 19:30 (The Wilde Theatre)
  • Evening Performance
    4 November 2016 at 19:30 (The Wilde Theatre)
  • Matinée Performance
    5 November 2016 at 14:30 (The Wilde Theatre)
  • Last Night
    5 November 2016 at 19:30 (The Wilde Theatre)
  • The Arbiter
    Rutendo Mushambi
  • Frederick
    Matt Thompson
  • Anatoly
    Daniel Strong
  • Florence
    Kelly Gates
  • Svetlana
    Jennie Leopold
  • Molokov
    Duncan Hamilton
  • Walter
    Ashleigh Wells
  • Mayor
    Stephen Crompton
  • Dancers
    Robyn Heffer, Mette Isaksen, Angie Burns, Erin Hope Pharo, Lisa Till, Damian Thomas, Courtney Flemming, Amy Williams (Dance Captain)
  • Duet
    Mette Isaksen, Courtney Flemming
  • Reporters
    Robyn Heffer, Angie Burns, Damian Thomas, Lucy Seymour, Caroline Smee
  • Chorus
    Elaine Adams, Gillian Baker, Liz Cenci, Lucy Cowell, Franca Megaro, Kate Noviss, Lucy Seymour, Nettie Glew, Caroline Smee, Megan West, Gemma Galliers, Sam Holding, Matt Adamson, Stephen Crompton, Justin Ferrington, Keith Sullivan

Music by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.
Lyrics by Tim Rice. Based on an idea by Tim Rice

An amateur production by arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.


  • Director: Margery Jackson
  • Musical Director: Thomas Joy
  • Choreographer: Sophie Horrox
  • Stage Manager: Andrew Cooper
  • Lighting Design: Michael Brenkley
  • Sound Design: Tom Horrox
  • Wardrobe: Bronwyn Hodgkins & Sara Richardson