About Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke will play the role of Svetlana in the first major West End production of Chess – the much loved 1984 musical from ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Evita).
Alexandra Burke rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008, and currently stands as one of the most successful winners of the show.
Her winning performance of ‘Hallelujah‘ alongside Beyonce is still remembered as an all-time highlight across all The X Factor seasons.
Most recently Alexandra was a finalist in BBC Strictly Come Dancing where she partnered with Gorka Marquez.
Three-time Brit nominee Alexandra’s debut number one single Hallelujah sold over one million copies in the UK, a first for a British female soloist.Her debut album ‘Overcome’ saw the release of subsequent number one singles ‘Bad Boys’ and ‘Start Without You’.
Alexandra Burke’s previous theatre roles
Alexandra Burke made her West End debut in 2014 playing the lead role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard musical. She also starred in the UK tour which followed.
In August 2016, Alexandra starred as Deloris Van Cartier in the musical Sister Act, a new production directed by Craig Revel Horwood which toured the UK.
What role does Alexandra Burke play
Alexandra Burke will play the role of Svetlana, Anatoly’s estranged wife. Her main song’s include the duet’I Know Him So Well” and ‘Endgame’
What is CHESS about
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 production includes international hit singles I Know Him So Well and One Night In Bangkok. Other well-known songs from the score include Anthem, Someone Else’s Story, Heaven Help my Heart and Pity The Child.
Chess will run from 26 April 2018 until 2 June 2018 at the London Coliseum.