Overview


Synopsis

Chess is used as a metaphor for romantic rivalries and the US-Soviet rivalry during the Cold War. The main characters form a love triangle: the ill-mannered American Grandmaster, the intense Russian champion who plans on defecting to the West, and the Hungarian-American female chess second, who arrives at the International Championships with the American but falls in love with the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians, and spies all struggle to get the upper-hand.

Note: Chess has had multiple versions throughout its time. The original London version differs greatly from the less popular Broadway version. Additional, there have been adaptations in multiple countries, and a staged concert in 2008. The versions can change the setting, time, and song order. Most fans prefer the London version.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Male

Lead

Bass

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano



Show Information

Lyrics
Category
Number of Acts
2 Acts
First Produced
1986
Genres
Settings
Contemporary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
1979-1980, world chess championship, merano, italy, england and bangkok, thailand
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Some Dance
Licensor
Ideal For
College/University, High School, Large Cast, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Female
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult characters

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