PLYMOUTH Theatre Royal
Opened 19 March 1990.
by arrangement with
3 Knights Ltd., The Shubert Organisation, Robert Fox, Ltd.
Apollo Leisure (UK) Ltd and Barry Claman Concerts
in association with the Theatre Royal Plymouth
the musical by
BENNY ANDERSSON - TIM RICE - BJÖRN ULVAEUS
Original London Production Directed by
FLORENCE VASSY...............Rebecca Storm
ANATOLY SERGIEVSKY..........Maurice Clarke
FREDERICK TRUMPER............Richard Barnes
THE ARBITER......................Brett Forrest
SVETLANA SERGIEVSKY......Linda-Mae Brewer
ALEXANDER MOLOKOV...........Malcolm Rivers
WALTER de COURCEY.............Paul Haley
The Company - Cymon Allen, Sally Ashfield, Jonny Blazer, Pippa Daly, Anna David, Catherine Digges,
Helen Duncan, Nick Ferranti, Andrew Field, Mark Fredrick, Daniel Gillingwater, Marilyn Hunt,
Natalie Howard, Caroline Jameson, Jaqui Jameson, Samantha Lavender, Gerard Leighton, Kate Marsden,
Anna-Louise Marsh-Rees, Graham McDuff, William May, Alan Meggs, Paul Micha, Jeremy Peaker,
David Pendlebury, Angela Robinson, Steven Serlin, Karen Skinns, Mason Taylor, Sally Traube,
Colin Trickett, Jane Vatcher, Mark Vickers, Helene Witcombe
Directed and Choreographed by Anthony Van Laast
Scenic Design by Robin Wagner
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge
Lighting Design by Nick Richings
Original Orchestrations and Arrangements by Anders Eljas
Musical Supervision and Arrangements by Roger Ward
Sound Design by Greg Pink
Executive Producer Adrian Leggett
Musical Director Kevin Amos
Songs with altered or new lyrics are underlined.
Click on the title to see the revised lyrics.
The Story of Chess
Introduction (from Sydney)
Where I Want to Be
US vs USSR (Sydney lyrics)
The Arbiter's Song
Quartet (Broadway lyrics)
Someone Else's Story (Broadway lyrics)
Pity the Child
Embassy Lament (Sydney lyrics)
Heaven Help My Heart
One Night in Bangkok
You and I
Argument (from Concept Album)
You and I reprise (Concept Album lyrics)
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.