Maurice Clarke trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama. Since moving to London he has played Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Linus in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown in Stockholm, Anthony in Sweeney Todd at the Newcastle Playhouse and appeared in Tim Rice's Cricket at the Sydmonton Festival. Maurice made his West End debut as Franchetti in Cafe Pucini at Wyndhams Theatre. This was followed by the roles of Feuilly and Marius in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre. He then played John F. Kennedy in a gala performance of Martin Smith's King at the Prince Edward Theatre. Prior to Chess Maurice played the role of Charlie Cameron in the revival of Lerner & Lowe's Brigadoon originally at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, then transferring to the Victoria Palace Theatre, London. Maurice's television appearances include Wogan, Daytime Live and he was a guest star on the Lorna Dallas Show on Radio 2.
Richard Barnes began his career touring the country with a Rock 'n' Roll band called The Quiet 5, sharing the bill with the Rolling Stomes, the Beatles and many other 60's greats--at theatres that are now Bingo Halls. He enjoyed some success as a solo artist with 2 top 40 hits in the early 70s and made several appearances on Top of the Pops with his hit, "Take To the Mountains." He then joined the original cast of Jesus Christ Superstar to play Peter and subsequently Jesus. Richard's television credits include Winds of War, Count Dracula, Dr. Who and Tales of the Unexpected. He has worked in rep throughout the country and most recently appeared in Chess in the West End. His most challenging role to date has been that of parent to his 2 year old daughter, Nancy.
(Note: All biographies from the original programme.)