Due to popular demand, an additional date has been added at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for the concert performance taking place this August.

Taking place on the 1st and 2nd August at, Chess the Musical in Concert is set to star Samantha Barks(FrozenLes Misérables) as Florence and Hadley Fraser (2:22 A Ghost Story, City of Angels) as Anatoly. They will be joined by Joel Harper-Jackson as Freddie (Cock, Kinky Boots), Frances Mayli McCann (Bonnie and Clyde, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour) as Svetlana and Ako Mitchell (Caroline Or Change, The Colour Purple) as The Arbiter. The ensemble will be formed of Joseph Craig, Darius J James, Aoife Kenny, Jessica Lee, Nick Len, Natasha May-Thomas, Alice Readie, Stuart Rouse, Phoebe Samuel-Gray, Grant Thresh and Libby Watts, with further casting yet to be announced.

At the height of the Cold War, two chess masters meet in Bangkok to battle for the world championship, but their greatest contest is for the love of one woman. Telling a story of love and political intrigue, and set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s, Chess features an incredible score including classics such as “I Know Him So Well” and “One Night in Bangkok”.

The musical features music by ABBA legends Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and lyrics by Sir Tim Rice and was last seen in the West End in 2018. It returns to London as part of hree star-led musical concerts including Kinky Boots the Musical in Concert on the 8th August and Treason the Musical in Concert on 22nd and 23rd August. The cast will be accompanied by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.

Meanwhile, the creative team behind this concert include: Director and Choreographer: Nick Winston, Associate Director and Choreographer: Alexzandra Sarmiento, Musical Director: Freddie Tapner, Designer: Ruth Sutcliffe, Lighting Designer: Ben Cracknell, Sound Designer: Tom Marshall, Video Projection Designer: Duncan McLean, Casting: Harry Blumenau and Lighting Programmer: Chris Winn.

Chess the Musical in Concert will take place at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on the 1st and 2nd August. You can book tickets here.