West End revival of the musical Chess (Apr 2018)

, 8 St. Martin’s Lane, Trafalgar Square, London51.509911 -0.126296
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0871 911 0200

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Dates & Time:
7.30 PM (Mon-Sat)
2.30 PM matinees (Wed, Sat)
Tickets & Cost:
See eno.org

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Director: Laurence Connor; Conductor: John Rigby; Music and lyrics: Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Tim Rice

Chess was written by Tim Rice and ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. It's a love story set against the backdrop of the Cold War, when the two warring superpowers were even attempting to manipulate an international chess championship for their own political ends.

The two greatest chess players in the world, one American and one Russian, are fully aware that they are political pawns as their primary battle for the title gets under way, but their lives are complicated even further by the arrival of an Hungarian refugee, who quickly becomes tangled up in an emotional love triangle. Their love story is thus a mirror to the wider political battle that is raging around them.

The score includes the hit songs I Know Him So Well, Anthem, Someone Else's Story, Heaven Help My Heart and Pity The Child.


patrick – “I have seen some great ballets here (The Nutcracker, Swan Lake) and the ENO is always fantatsic, but I have learnt through experience not to sit at the top because the seats are totally uncomfortable. I would have expected them to fix this by now. But the rest of the theatre is wonderful. It's exactly what you want when going out to see an opera or a ballet. If the theatre doesnt look the part then it doesnt matter how good the performance is, but the Coliseum has always impressed. It's just a shame they cant do something about the seats”

pamHMRC – “Between the Royal Opera House and the London Coliseum, I choose the London Coliseum every time. Why? I hate to admit it, but its because of the kind of people that attend. Being more famous, the Royal Opera House tends to attract the kind of people that eat popcorn and slurp cokes and talk during key scenes. The rules for audience behaviour at the Royal Opera House seems to be "anything goes". But when I go to the Coliseum I am surrounded by people who genuinely love opera and ballet, and want to enjoy and listen to the performance. And because the audience are more appreciative and dedicated, you can enjoy the performance more yourself because there is no extraneous noise and movements going on around you to detract from it. And whilst I love the Royal Opera House as a venue, I also feel that the London Coliseum has a little more atmosphere, and is a more beautiful building inside. Take a trip to the bar and have a glass of wine at the interval -- go on! I love the view of”

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If you enjoy London Coliseum then you might like to visit Barbican Hall (catch the train from Charing Cross to Barbican Hall), Cadogan Hall (catch the train from Charing Cross to Cadogan Hall), Royal Albert Hall (catch the train from Charing Cross to Royal Albert Hall), Royal Festival Hall (you can walk it 10 mins) and Royal Opera House (you can walk it in 6 mins)

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