Show dates: 21st - 25th November 2017 - Wyllyotts Theatre
Autumn Musical 2017 - Chess
I think Time Magazine sums it up perfectly...
"One of the best rock scores ever produced. This is an angry, difficult, demanding and
I am delighted to be directing my all time favourite musical, alongside Graham Thomson (MD)
and Ella Martin (Choreographer).
Written by Tim Rice and ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, The score includes
One Night in Bangkok, Pity The Child, Anthem, You And I, Someone Else's Story and, of
course, I Know Him So Well.
Two of the world's greatest chess masters battle it out at the world chess championships, but
their greatest contest is for the love of one woman. Amidst political intrigue and international
conspiracies, the American and the Russian fight to win the heart of Florence in a romantic
triangle that mirrors the heightened passions of the Cold War.
We will be looking for a large cast of strong singers and dancers for this blockbuster. So please
come along in May to find out more. Audition pieces will be published in advance.
There is an excellent concert version that can be viewed on line to give you an idea of the
music. This version stars Adam Pascalas Frederick, Idina Menzel as Florence, Josh Groban as
Anatoly, Kerry Ellis as Svetlana, Marti Pellow as the Arbiter, David Bedella as Alexander,
and Clarke Peters as Walter. The Civil Servants (in "Embassy Lament") are sung by Cantabile.
Florence – Sarah Brealey
Anatoly – Richard Jackson
Freddie – David Adams
Molokov – David Crew
Walter – David Bottomley
Arbiter – Sharon Lottari
Svetlana – Cheryl Aughton Clark
Florence's Father - John Hebden
Mayor – Dereck Cross
Ian Ellis-Hall, David Ranford, Roger Huggins, John Hebden.
Civil Servant Secretaries (dancers)
Jenny Colledge, Lisa Large, Julie
Markey, Gina Stone.
Sarah Budd, Fiona Markey, Caroline Duker, Beckie Rowley, Kirstie Ellis-Hall, Justine Sansom.
Debra Constantinou-Bell, Lisa Large, Beckie Rowley, Jenny Colledge (PC), Julie Markey, Caroline Duker, Sally Huggins, Gina Stone, Kirstie Ellis-Hall.
Chorus (PC = Pop Choir)
David Ranford (PC), Alison Nicholas (PC), Roger Huggins (PC), Christina Takkides (PC), John Absolon, Annie Scott (PC), John Bagley, Gemma Evangelou, John Bain, Liz Gola, Michelle Williams, Jon Chartres, Gillian Johnston, Dereck Cross, Alison Kiernan, Ian Ellis-Hall, Babs Philpott, Jim Markey, Jenny Reynolds, Peter Viner, Doreen Webster.