Chess – The Musical

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Chess – The Musical

30th July, 2025 - 2nd August, 2025

£17 – £22

The Rattonians present CHESS – THE MUSICAL

At the height of the Cold War, two chess masters meet in Bangkok to battle for the world championship, but their greatest contest is for the love of one woman.

Written in 1984 by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice, 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.

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. Simultaneously their lives are thrown into further confusion by a Hungarian refugee, a remarkable woman who becomes the centre of their emotional triangle. This mirrors the heightened passions of the political struggles that threaten to destroy lives and loves.

Includes the international hit singles ‘I Know Him So Well’ and ‘One Night In Bangkok’. Other well-known songs from the score include ‘Anthem’, ‘Heaven Help my Heart’ and ‘Pity The Child’.


Full Price £22

Under 16 £17

8:00PM – Wednesday 30 July 2025

2:30PM – Thursday 31 July 2025

7:30PM – Thursday 31 July 2025

7:30PM – Friday 1 August 2025

2:30PM – Saturday 2 August 2025

7:30PM – Saturday 2 August 2025


30th July, 2025
2nd August, 2025
£17 – £22
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Royal Hippodrome Theatre
106-114 Seaside Road
Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 3PF United Kingdom
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