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A highly acclaimed musical; Chess uses the game of chess as a metaphor for romantic rivalries and East-West political intrigue during the Cold War. Written by the famous ABBA team of Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, the score includes the international hits “One Night in Bangkok” and “I know Him So Well.”

What the audience said

Brilliant. Being a fan of the original 80s show this certainly didn’t disappoint.


Wonderful rich musical sound to show with some very fine singing . Most enjoyable version of the music


The soloists were top notch and the supporting cast were excellent


The attention to detail was amazing. Everyone on stage was totally in character at all times, even when not involved in the main action




Frederick Trumper Chris Reeves
Florence Vassy Lorraine Cox
Anatoly Sergievsky Steve Jewell
Walter de Courcey Brian Bretney
Alexander Molokov Stephen Cox
Arbiter Christ Thomas
Svetlana Sergievskaya Emma Reeves
Young Florence Georgina Cox (Thursday & Saturday), Sophie Bagshaw (Wednesday and Friday)
Florence’s Father Rob Latimer

City of Merano, Reporters, Delegates, Civil Servants and other various roles played by the company

Sara El-Hanfy, Emma Fry, Kaz Grainger, Cath Hannan, Hilary Latimer, Rob Latimer, Eve Macdonald, Sam Morris, Kate Petford, Louise Quelch, Hannah Rakowska, Laura Rowntree, Hannah Scarisbrick-Rowe, Denise Schult, Michael Schult, Charlie Scott, Jo Shannon- Little, Matt Smith, Helen Thomas, Hannah Thompson, Jessamy Vincent, Samantha Viner-Smart, Gareth Wells, Claire Wilson, Katie Wise

The Chess Orchestra

  • Musical Director Cameron Baker
  • Keys 1 Simon Eastwood
  • Keys 2 Tim Newbury
  • Keys 3 Paul Darrah
  • Guitars Simon Barnard
  • Electric/Double Bass Jonathan Williams
  • Violin 1 Victoria Stapleton
  • Violin 2 Kathryn Stephens
  • Cello Neil Charlton
  • Oboe/Cor Anglais Hazel Todd
  • Flute/Piccolo Anna O’Brien
  • Clarinet/Bass Clarinet Joanne Paterson-Nield
  • Trumpet James Lowe
  • Trombones Nick Kershaw
  • French Horn Tim Pocock
  • Drums Luke Wyeth
  • Percussion Ben Hartley

Behind the Scenes

  • Director Wendy Carne
  • Musical Director Cameron Baker
  • Assistant Director Catherine Hannan
  • Choreographer Denise Schult
  • Production Coordinator Emma Bradbury, Becca White
  • Lighting Designer Kim Hollamby
  • Technical Assistant Louis Martin
  • Hexagon Lighting Programmer & Operator Tim Liddle
  • Lighting and Sound Equipment Hire Dinrino Theatre Services
  • Stage Manager Ian Reeves
  • Deputy Stage Manager Becca Simons
  • Stage Crew Joe Daniels, David Edwards, Sophie Harris, Caroline Saunders, Andy Scott & Yema Stowell
  • Hexagon Sound Board Dan Bryan
  • Sound Assistant Sally Ollerenshaw
  • Sound Effects Brian Bretney
  • Video Content Chris Boott, Brian Bretney
  • Props Kazia Grainger
  • Scenery Hire Dinrino Theatre Services
  • Wardrobe Team Amanda Bretney, Catherine Hannan, Emma Reeves & Gareth Wells
  • Makeup Catherine Hannan & Cast
  • Hair and Wigs Catherine Hannan
  • Chaperones Rob Furnell, Lucy Hutson
  • Displays Emma Reeves, Marketing Team
  • Front of House Presentation Jessamy Vincent
  • Webmaster Kim Hollamby
  • Marketing Officer & Publishing Manager Jessamy Vincent
  • Marketing Team Sara El-Hanfy, Kazia Grant, Steve Jewell, Louise Quelch, Denise Schult & Jessamy Vincent
  • Show week Photography Emma Ramskill
  • Fundraising Team Lorraine Cox, Michael Schult
  • Social Team Louise Quelch
  • Ticket Officer Stephen Cox
  • Front of House Liaison Michael Schult