Rice, who adapted the musical with Hugh Wooldridge for a concert version staged at the Royal Albert Hall in 2008, has given the Union's production team exclusive access to mount the first fully-staged production based on it. Rice has called this the definitive version of a much altered and often re-worked show.
The production is co-directed and staged by Chris Howell and Steven Harris, and will feature a cast of 16 including Sarah Gilbraith as Florence, Nadim Naaman as Anatoly, Tim Oxbrow as Freddie, Natasha J Barnes as Svetlana, Gillian Kirkpatrick as Molokov, Craig Rhys Barlow as Arbiter and Neil Stewart as Walter.
Musical arrangements are by Christopher Peake, with musical direction by Simon Lambert. It is designed by Ryan Dawson Laight, with lighting by Ben M. Rogers and fight direction by Andrew Ashenden and Annie Duggan. It is produced by Sasha Regan for The Union Theatre.
Chess, which involves a romantic love triangle between two players in a World Chess Championship, and the woman who manages one and falls in love with the other, began life as a concept album that was released in 1984. It was first staged in a concert version later that year by the recording cast at London's Barbican Centre.
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