Images have been released offering a first glimpse of Michael Ball and the Company of Chess.

The epic musical love story CHESS starring Michael Ball as Anatoly, Alexandra Burke as Svetlana, Cedric Neal as The Arbiter, Tim Howar as Freddie, Cassidy Janson as Florence and Phillip Browne as Molokov opens tonight (26 April 2018) at the London Coliseum.

Chess - London Coliseum

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Alexandra Burke in dress rehearsal. Chess, London Coliseum. (c)Brinkhoff Mögenburg

Chess returns to the West End for a limited 5 week season for the first since it premiered at the Prince Edward Theatre over 30 years ago starring Elaine Paige.

Written in 1984 by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Evita), Chess is a story of love and political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War, in which the US and USSR attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends.

Directed by Laurence Conner (School of Rock) with choreography by Stephen Mear (Sunset Boulevard), this new production features English National Opera’s award-winning Orchestra and Chorus,conducted by John Rigby.

Buy tickets to Chess

Chess is booking until 2 June 2018 at the London Coliseum.