How can I buy tickets to see Michael Ball in Chess in London?

Michael Ball

Michael Ball is currently starring in Chess, a musical with songs written by ABBA members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Björn Ulvaeus at the London Coliseum.

The musical opened earlier this week to a great reception from audiences and critics, and it runs for a limited period until 2nd June, so there’s still time to see this production.

But what is Chess? What is it about? And who else is in it? We have the answers to all your questions, as well as how you can buy tickets for the show.

What is Chess about?

Chess is about American grandmaster chess player Freddie Trumper.  He travels to Merano, Italy for the Chess World Championships, only to find himself battling Russian competitor Anatoly Sergievsky not just for the competition, but for the love of Trumper’s second, Florence.

It has music by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Björn Ulvaeus, who are set to release new music with the group later this year, and Sir Tim Rice, who wrote Jesus Christ Superstar with Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Who else is in it?

Chess has a fantastic cast, starring musical theatre great Michael Ball. Ball plays Sergievsky in the musical, and was last seen on stage in London in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

He is joined by The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, star of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Cassidy Janson, Cedric Neal who was in the original cast of Motown the Musical, and Tim Howar.

Michael Ball
Michael Ball in Chess

What are the songs like?

As you’d expect from ABBA songs, the music is distinctively synth-orientated and pretty funky. The show started life as a concept album in 1984 featuring Elaine Paige and Murray Head. This introduced the world to songs like "I Know Him So Well" (which reached number one in the UK singles chart), "One Night in Bangkok" and “Anthem”.

Click here to hear the best songs from the Chess soundtrack.

Were the reviews good?

Our critic Mark Shenton gave the show a glowing four-star review, saying the musical has “never sounded orchestrally better”. He added that the show was “ideally cast” and that every member gets their moment to shine in the spotlight.  

How can I buy tickets?

You can buy tickets for Chess by clicking the buy tickets button on this page (to the right on desktop, below on mobile).

Chess is at the London Coliseum until 2nd June.

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