Chess, The Musical

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’.

Wednesday 20th July 2022 - 7:15pm
Thursday 21st July 2022 - 7:15pm
Friday 22nd July 2022 - 7:15pm
Saturday 23rd July 2022 - 7:15pm

Venue: John Godber Theatre, New College, Park Lane, Pontefract, WF8 4QR

Please note: the John Godber Theatre is smaller than our usual venue, so tickets are expected to be limited, closer to the event.

Tickets on sale now with an early bird offer until the end of March!

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