The British tour used all the London costumes and sets except the stage. A smaller chessboard stage
which lifted on hydraulics from the rear only was substituted. The vidiwall which came down from the flies had fewer screens
and the side ones were gone. At the director's request, Rice wrote some additional material and the opening written for
Sydney was used, which introduced all the characters. Florence was Czech, the Cold War was over and the Broadway lyrics
used for "US vs USSR." Post-Cold War dialogue from Sydney was inserted as needed.
The director and choreographer chose to eliminate dances from the numbers which had had them in London ("The Arbiter's Song"
and the "Golden Ballet"), and interpolated modern dance numbers behind the chess matches with dancers in splotchy grey
unitards with hoods, which did not blend well with the more traditional costumes done in rich fabrics by Theoni Aldredge.
These dancers also executed a pas de deux during the Mountain Duet which was somewhat distracting. Otherwise, the
script followed the London production pretty faithfully, adding "The Argument" from the Concept album, thus it was staged
for the first time. Instead of "Anthem," the show ended with Florence singing "Nobody's Side," not an appropriate song for the story at that point.
Generally, the show was nearly as effective as in London, although "Endgame" didn't have the same punch without the stage.
Rebecca Storm, a respected Irish actress which audiences knew from her tour in Blood Brothers and her record album,
Broadway by Storm, was an excellent Florence, but the rest of the company was of lesser quality. The tour lasted
several years and was revived for another year five or six years later.