The first West End production of Chess since 1986 starring Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke, Tim Howar, Cassidy Janson and Cedric Neal.

Written by Tim Rice and ABBA songwriters Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus, Chess is a story of love and political intrigue set against the background of the Cold War. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, superpowers try to manipulate an international chess championship for political gain.

What is Chess about? 

The world’s two greatest chess masters – one American and one Russian – risk becoming pawns for each of their governments as they battle for the world title. Meanwhile, a remarkable woman and Hungarian refugee throws the two chess masters’ lives into further confusion by becoming the centre of their turbulent triangle. The three characters’ heightened passions mirror those of the political struggles around them: threatening to destroy lives and loves.

This epic musical love story, will open on Thursday 26 April 2018 for a strictly limited 5 week season. Book your tickets for Chess at the London Coliseum today!

Chess includes international hit singles like “One Night In Bangkok” and “I Know Him So Well.” It also features well-known songs like “Anthem,” “Pity the Child,” “Heaven Help My Heart,” and “Someone Else’s Story.” Other musicals by Tim Rice include Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, and Evita.

Booking Information

‘No food or drink purchased off-site including alcohol, soft drinks and water are permitted inside the theatre.’ 


This new West End production, featuring English National Opera’s award-winning Orchestra and Chorus, will be directed by Laurence Connor, whose recent credits include School of Rock and Miss Saigon on Broadway and in the West End, Les Misérables on Broadway, and the international Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour. Choreography is by Stephen Mear. 


Running Time is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes

Good To Know

The appearance of any given artist is not guaranteed and no refunds or exchanges will be available should changes be made from the advertised cast


London Coliseum

London Coliseum, 33 St Martin's Lane, Westminster, London, WC2N 4ES

Additional Details & FAQ

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or cancellations after purchase.

How Does It Work

You will receive a voucher after purchase - please print and present on arrival.


4.4(50 reviews)
  • Muscials fan

    May 30, 2018

    Powerful, emotional and beautifully played. I took my mother as a surprise - she had not seen it when it was first released, as she did not think she would enjoy it. I was delighted to prove her wrong. There were so many things going on on the stage, both of us would have loved to see it again soon

  • Ann Hyde

    May 30, 2018

    We loved Chess. All four leads were terrific, the whole cast of actors, singers and dancers were top class and the orchestra was perfect.

  • Sue

    May 28, 2018

    Not really my cup of tea, slow start and not many songs that i was familiar with and i found the second half was better than the first. The majority of the singing was okay. Alexander Burke was excellent and has definitely found her niche in theatre.

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