Plays Directory : Chess

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Tim Rice
  • Overview
    Chess is a political musical set during the Cold War, which focuses on the rocky relationship between the USA and the Soviet Union. It begins in Merano, where spoilt American Freddie Trumper is preparing for a chess final against Russian Anatoly Sergievsky, supported by his second, and lover, Florence Vassy. During the game, Freddie storms off, and Florence is left to sort out the situation. Seeing this as a Soviet victory, Anatoly's second, Molokov, arranges with Florence that the champions should meet to resolve their differences. The following day only Florence and Anatoly meet at the rendezvous point, where they are attracted to each other. Freddie bursts in on the pair, and is disgusted that his lover is fraternizing with the enemy. Florence, who is sick of his childish outbursts, leaves Freddie for good, both professionally and personally, and embarks on a relationship with Anatoly. Anatoly defects from the Soviet Union and earns his freedom from its control. A year later, Anatoly goes to Bangkok to defend his title against the new Soviet challenger. Florence is troubled that Anatoly is married, even though his wife is not around. Molokov goes to see him, and insists that he throw the game to ensure a Soviet win, and Anatoly's return to Russia. Molokov flies in Svetlana, Anatoly's wife, to convince him. He also contacts Freddie, telling him that he has information regarding the Florence's father, who went missing when she was young. Freddie tries to get back with Florence, but she wants nothing to do with him. She is stressed about the presence of Svetlana, and Anatoly is too preoccupied to support her. He decides that he must throw the game so that Florence can find out about her. He makes a wrong move, and the Soviet challenger wins. Anatoly returns to Russia with Svetlana, having done a good deed for the woman he will always love. The play ends with Molokov revealing that he never had any information on Florence's father to begin with.

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3 known characters

8 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Tom Turner
Tom Turner
Lighting Designer
2020, Assistant Lighting Designer
Coliseum
David Impiazzi
2019, Frederic Trumper
Haslemere Hall
Jodie Horton
Jodie Horton
Actor
2019, Ensemble/Assistant Director
Arena Theatre Wolverhampton
Alex Telling
Alex Telling
Actor
2019, Viigand / Ensemble
The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
Kelvin P. Coleman
2018, Leonid Viigand / Ensemble
Nottingham Arts Theatre
Sorcha Doherty
Sorcha Doherty
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, Assistant Stage Manager
London Coliseum
Maikel Bellanco
Maikel Bellanco
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager
London Coliseum
Liam Stephenson
2018, Ensemble/Viigand
Court Theatre, Tring
Sarah Walley
Sarah Walley
Company Manager
2018, Stage Manager
London Coliseum
Patrick Barnes
Patrick Barnes
Sound No.1 / A1
2018, Sound Designer and Mixer
Te Auaha
Syeda Bukhari
Syeda Bukhari
Prop Maker
2018, Prop Maker
Grant Anderson
Grant Anderson
Lighting Designer
2017, Lighting Designer
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Emma Harding
Emma Harding
Actor
2017, Ensemble/ swing
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Sadie Cole
Sadie Cole
Singer
2017, Ensemble
Hertford Theatre
Claudia Jevons
Claudia Jevons
Prop Maker
2017, Prop Maker
New Athenaeum Theatre
Christopher Moss
Christopher Moss
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Stage Hand
The Core Theatre
Adlai Faigen
Adlai Faigen
Lighting Designer
2017, Electrician/Spot OP
Aidan MacColl
2017, Dance Captain/Swing
Eilidh Fraser
Eilidh Fraser
Costume Assistant
2017, Wardrobe Assistant
RCS/Edinburgh Festival Theatre
James Manning
2017, Frederick Trumper
Theatre by the Lake Keswick

Alternative Names

Chess In Concert