London Coliseum


26 Apr 2018 - 05 May 2018

£18.00 - £173.00

Pro reviewers rating
10 reviews

2.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s, superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends.

Two of the world’s greatest chess masters, one American, one Russian, are in danger of becoming the pawns of their governments as their battle for the world title gets under way. Simultaneously their lives are thrown into further confusion by a Hungarian refugee, a remarkable woman who becomes the centre of their emotional triangle.

Songs include I Know Him So Well, One Night In Bangkok, Anthem, Someone Else’s Story, Heaven Help my Heart and Pity The Child.

The first West End revival since the original 1986 production.


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“It may have never sounded orchestrally better... Also ideally cast... The musical values of this production are top-notch.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Reminds one of the soaring power of this famously lush score even as one wonders whether the story will ever fully land.”

Matt Wolf (Arts Desk)

“Back with a bang... period, yes, and distinctly unwieldy, but oddly timely too - and not just because ABBA are reuniting.”

Marianka Swain (Broadway World, Arts Desk)

“A genuinely fantastic score... all pulsing synths and hummable ballads... If this was just a concert, it would be a good concert”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Despite multiple rewrites, still feels both loudly emphatic and dramatically undernourished.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Only the score hits the heights in this cold war musical... The two male protagonists are deeply unsympathetic.”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

“Back with a vengeance... Overblown and messy.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Non-stop revelation and blare. The sheer anger of the evening is exhausting: wall-to-wall bellowing.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Wobbly and confused, this revival is a gross disservice to a great musical.”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

“Muddled and puerile... 80 per cent of the lyrics are inaudible but, given the banality of the remainder, this may be no loss.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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