This revolutionary pop-musical is set in the cold war in the 1980s. Written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA) and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King), Chess is a story of political hostility, power-play and passion. Two chess grandmasters, Anatoly Segievsky, representing Russia and Frederick Trumper, the American battle to attain the world title, and they become the reluctant pawns of their governments as the game of chess is manipulated for political ends.
Meanwhile, the championship creates an emotional triangle when Florence, the American team's 'second' and Frederick's lover, falls for Anatoly as he defects to the West. But will the passion last or will Anatoly return to his homeland, and his family? Including international hits 'I Know Him So Well' and 'One Night in Bangkok', the score combines incredibly moving numbers ('Anthem', 'Someone Else's Story', 'Pity the Child') with satirical commentaries on capitalism ('The Merchandisers') and politics ('Soviet Machine', 'Embassy Lament') to create an unforgettable musical masterpiece.