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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

Baritone

Male

Lead

Bass



Show Information

Lyrics
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2 Acts
First Produced
1986
Time & Place
1979-1980, world chess championship, merano, italy, england and bangkok, thailand
Cast Size
medium
Dancing
Some Dance
Ideal For
college/university theatre, regional theatre, community theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult characters

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