Wednesday, February 14

CONFIRMED: Alexandra Burke, Michael Ball, Tim Howar and Cassidy Janson to star in ENO's Chess at the Coliseum

Initial casting has now  been confirmed for  ENO's production of Chess which is due to run in London for the first time in 30 years for five weeks only at the Coliseum from 1st May until 2nd June 2018, with previews scheduled to begin on April 26th. 

Michael Ball is to star as the Russian  Anatoly Sergievsky with X Factor winner Alexandra Burke as Svetlana Sergievsky. Joining them is Tim Howar (Rock of Ages, co lead singer of Mike and the Mechanics) as Frederick Trumper, Cassidy Janson (Beautiful & Leading Ladies) as Florence Vassy and Murray Head as the Arbiter (having originated the role of Frederick in the show's 1986 West End premiere).

The production will feature a 48 piece orchestra and  tells the story of a romantic triangle between two players in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any specific individuals, the characters personalities are loosely based on those of Victor Korchnoi and Bobby Fischer and the oddity of the Merano championship in the musical is based on the similar oddities which occurred during the 1978 World Championship between Korchnoi and Anatoly Karpov. The musical contains some powerful classic numbers including I Know Him So Well, One Night In Bangkok, Anthem and Heaven Help My Heart.

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