Chess – the musical

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ProductionChess - the musical
DateMay 2012
CompanyBNU - BA (hons) Musical Theatre
MusicBenny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
BookTim Rice
DirectorTuirenn Hurstfield
PhotosLee Tasker
Bucks New Uni - BA (hons) Musical Theatre

Chess - the musical

Final year BA (honours) Musical Theatre students from Amersham & Wycombe College will be performing the famous musical “Chess” at the Elgiva in Chesham in May. The performances are open to the public and will give local residents the opportunity to spot a star of the future.

The musical tells the story of passion and politics through the complicated game of Chess. Featuring a range of much acclaimed and well-known musical numbers including ‘One Night in Bangkok’, ‘I Know Him So Well’ and ‘Anthem’, the story is loosely based on the real 1983 Chess championships involving Bobby Fisher and Viktor Korchnoi with this production directed by Tuirenn Hurstfield (assisted by Lucia Wilkins) and choreographed by Taira Foo.

This production is directed in a highly dynamic and stylised ways so as to interpret the actual story of a Hungarian girl torn from her homeland in the midst of the Cold War. With the USA fighting the USSR over the chequered board, will Florence find herself through the politics and drama?

Chess’ marks the BA’s final show and will mark their leave after three years at the College to take the next step in their acting careers.  Speaking of the cast, Tuirenn said, “These students have developed a highly professional attitude, and their work is reflective of the industry they are entering”. Students are trained at the college to the highest professional standards and many gain places for university level study at the top drama schools in London such as Mountview and the Central School of Speech and Drama.