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THE Cold War-inspired rock opera Chess will be on stage at Christchurch’s Regent Centre later this month as Milton Musical Society return to the venue.

And A&T readers have the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.

Directed by Jon Shiner with choregraphy from Kirsti Warne, the show will run from Wednesday 27th April to Saturday 30th April at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee.

Written by Sir Tim Rice, whose musical credits include Evita and the Lion King, and ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Chess is a complex rock opera which has played to full houses and standing ovations around the world.

From left: Rossano Sal as Anatoly Sergievsky, Chelsea Robson as Svetlana Sergievskaya, Julian Smith as the Arbiter, Anne-Marie Davies as Florence Vassy and Alan Colclough as Frederick Trumper
From left: Rossano Sal as Anatoly Sergievsky, Chelsea Robson as Svetlana Sergievskaya, Julian Smith as the Arbiter, Anne-Marie Davies as Florence Vassy and Alan Colclough as Frederick Trumper

The story involves a politically driven, Cold War-era chess tournament between two grandmasters, one American and the other Soviet, and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other.

From Merano to Bangkok, the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of the phenomenal score which includes I Know Him So Well, One Night in Bangkok, Heaven Help My Heart, Nobody’s Side, Someone Else’s Story, and Anthem.

A single from the album, One Night in Bangkok, performed by Murray Head with Anders Glenmark became a worldwide smash and reached number three in the US charts.

The duet, I Know Him So Well, by Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson, held the number one spot on the UK singles charts for four weeks in February 1985.

Following its successful concept album, the show opened in London’s West End in 1986 where it played for three years and was later revived in 2018.

Milton Musical Society’s production of Chess is their first post-pandemic production at the Regent Centre following on from previous productions including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in 2019, My Fair Lady in 2018 and Oklahoma in 2017.

Tickets are £18. For more information and bookings visit www.regentcentre.co.uk or call 01202 499199.

To be in to win a pair of tickets to the evening show on Thursday 28th April, pick up the latest A&T from the newsstand and turn to page 23.



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