YAOS Autumn Show > 2020 > 'Chess'
presentsChessThe acclaimed stage musical by Tim Rice,
featuring the music of ABBA songwriters
Benny Andersson & Björn UlvaeusFresh from its recent West End revivalOctagon Theatre, Yeovil6 - 10 October 2020
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Written in 1984 by Tim Rice, with ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Chess tells a story of love and political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s, in which superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends. 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.
Directed for YAOS by Jeremy Tustin
Musical Director Kat Stevens