Smart theatre move

Photo credit: Rosalind White Photography

Pictured left to right: Terry Cavender, Shell Harris, Becky Curtis, Andrew Whelan

Following on from the success of their 2016 Award winning production of Evita (NODA London Best Musical) and other recent sell-out productions, Berkhamsted Theatre Company are bringing CHESS to The Court Theatre stage at Pendley.

Written in 1984 by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus alongside Tim Rice, CHESS is a story of love and political intrigue set against the backdrop of the Cold War in the 1980s with the superpowers of USA and USSR attempting to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends…

…Two of the world’s greatest chess masters, one American, one Russian, are in danger of becoming the pawns of their governments as their battle for the world title gets under way. Their lives are thrown into further confusion by a woman who becomes the centre of their emotional triangle, mirroring the the political struggles that threaten to destroy lives and loves. When human lives become pieces on a political chess board, can anyone truly win?

Voted seventh on BBC Radio 2 listeners’ poll of essential musicals, CHESS includes the  hit singles ‘I Know Him So Well’ and ‘One Night In Bangkok’ with other well-known songs from one of the best scores written for theatre including ‘Anthem’, ‘Someone Else’s Story’ and ‘Heaven Help my Heart’.

Berkhamsted Theatre Company has established a reputation for producing Amateur Theatre of the highest quality that has audiences returning to their productions time and time again. Making a welcome return for this innovative production is director and choreographer of Berkhamsted Theatre Company’s award-winning production of Evita (NODA London Region Best Musical), David Rhys with Musical Direction by Graham Thomson (Avenue Q, Sister Act).

Picture by:
Rosalind White Photography

Pictured left to right:
Terry Cavender, Shell Harris, Becky Curtis and Andrew Whelan

Chess runs 9th – 13th October with evening performances at 7.30pm and a matinee performance at 2.30pm on 13th October.
Tickets are now on sale priced at priced at £17.50  available online from, 07543 560478 or in person at Beechwoods Fine Foods.

September 13, 2018