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‘Chess: The Musical’ to be performed by the Perth Symphony Orchestra in June ’21

It’s funny, just the other day I was watching The Queen’s Gambit (the riveting Netflix series about chess) and was thinking of the classic musical Chess. Even the main song from the musical, One Night In Bangkok, hasn’t stopped ringing in my head (those darn earworms!).

Today, I see in my inbox that the hit musical is set to debut in Perth for two exclusive performances in June next year. Checkmate then!

Featuring the iconic music of ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, along with lyrics by Tim Rice and Ulvaeus, and book by Rice, ‘Chess: The Musical’ will be on at Perth Concert Hall for its first professional presentation, in two exclusive performances on June 5th, 2021.

Known as the orchestra that breaks the rules, Perth Symphony Orchestra will co-present the musical with StoreyBoard Entertainment (producer of the critically acclaimed Barnum directed by Tyran Parke in Melbourne in 2019).

Chess is inspired by extraordinary real-life events, telling the story of a complex love triangle combined with dramatic political intrigue, and set against the background of the Cold War in the early 1980s, where Soviet and U.S. forces attempted to manipulate an international chess championship for political gains.

It first premiered to glowing reviews in London’s West End in 1986 and has been performed in countless theatres around the world.

The Perth cast for a concert style event will be announced in February 2021.

Fun fact: Perth isn’t the only city to be getting its first taste of Chess; the musical premiered in Moscow only recently!

Antonino Tati


The Waitlist for Chess: The Musical is now open at www.chessmusical.info.

General Public Tickets on sale from 9am AWST on December 4th, 2020.

For bookings visit www.perthconcerthall.com.au or www.ticketmaster.com.au.



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