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June 16, 2022 @ 8:00 am - June 19, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

With music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA), book and lyrics by Sir Tim Rice, CHESS – THE MUSICAL is arguably one of the most memorable scores ever heard. Featuring global smash hits ‘I Know Him So Well’ and ‘One Night in Bangkok’, this extraordinary semi-staged musical also features much-loved standards such as ‘Anthem’, ‘Someone Else’s Story’, ‘Heaven Help My Heart’ and ‘Pity The Child’.

This powerful new production of CHESS – THE MUSICAL features an all-New Zealand cast, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and a 30-strong choir, for five performances only.

This semi-staged production, featuring an incredible array of New Zealand musical theatre talent, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and a choir of 30, will be filled with sumptuous musical arrangements set to a gripping story.

Written in 1984 by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Sir Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita), CHESS – THE MUSICAL features hits including ‘I Know Him So Well’ – recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest selling UK chart single ever by a female duo – and the upbeat pop favourite ‘One Night In Bangkok’.

CHESS – THE MUSICAL tells the story of a complex love triangle combined with dramatic political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the early 1980s, where Soviet and American forces attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political gains.

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 underway. 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.

The musical originally premiered in London’s West End in 1986 (where it was revived in 2018) starring the beloved Elaine Paige. The season ran for three years, resulting in a BBC listener poll ranking CHESS – THE MUSICAL seventh in a list of ‘Number One Essential Musicals’ of all time.

Make your move quickly. Pre-sales begin tomorrow, with all remaining seats on sale this Friday from 9am via Ticketmaster.

Venue:                 Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland.

Dates:                  Performances from 16 June 2022.

Times:                 Thursday 7.30pm; Friday 7.30pm; Saturday 2pm & 7.30pm;

Sunday 2pm.

Tickets:               Tickets from $49.10. A service fee applies.


June 16, 2022 @ 8:00 am
June 19, 2022 @ 5:00 pm


Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre
Mayoral Drive, Auckland City
Auckland central,
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