THE COLD WAR WAS
NEVER SO ENTERTAINING
Award winning Gale Edwards directs a new staging of this extraordinary musical. Tony Bartuccio choreographs and David Piper conducts.
With lyrics by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King) and music by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Mamma Mia!), this highly acclaimed musical develops the ancient and distinguished game of chess into a metaphor for romantic rivalries and East-West political intrigue.
Inspired by the Bobby Fischer-Boris Spassky Match of the Century in 1972, the monumental rock score for this brilliant musical includes the mega hits I Know Him So Well, One Night In Bangkok, Where I Want to Be and Anthem, one of the most stirring melodies ever.
“ONE OF THE BEST ROCK SCORES EVER PRODUCED IN THE THEATER. THIS IS AN ANGRY, DIFFICULT, DEMANDING AND REWARDING SHOW, ONE THAT PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES OF THE FORM.” (Time Magazine)
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
Benny Anderrson Tim Rice Bjorn Ulvaeus
SILVIE PALADINO as Florence Vassy
MARTIN CREWES as Frederick Trumper – American
SIMON GLEESON as Anatoly Sergievsky – Russian
MICHAEL FALZON as The Arbiter
ALINTA CHIDZEY as Svetlana Sergievskaya
MARK DICKINSON as Alexander Molokov
BERT LaBONTE as Walter de Courcey
Jessica Armstrong, Dave Burrows, Madeline Cain, Rachel Cole, Anthony Costanzo, Nelson Gardner, Jillian Green, Danny Golding, Tyler Hawkins, Crystal Hegedis, Raelene Isbester, Rosa McCarty, Turanga Merito, Jessica Mortlock, Chris Ostrenski, Joel Parnis, Anthony Pepe, Jordan Pollard, Collin Poole, James Shannon, Catherine Shepherd, Esther Stephens, Cameron Thomas, Dean Vince, Matt Ward and Wei Wei Zhang.
Director GALE EDWARDS
Musical Director DAVID PIPER
Choreographer TONY BARTUCCIO
Costumes KRYSTAL GIDDINGS
Set SHAUN GURTON
Lighting PAUL JACKSON & ROBERT CUDDON
Sound SYSTEM SOUND
By arrangement with Three Knights Limited, The Shubert Organisation Inc and Robert Fox Limited
Management reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute artists and may vary the program should the necessity arise.
SHOW TIMES – EVENING
Sat 18 August at 7:30pm*
Tues 21 August at 6.30pm
Wed 22 August at 7.30pm
Thu 23 August at 7.30pm
Fri 24 August at 7.30pm
Sat 25 August at 7.30pm
SHOW TIMES – MATINEE
Sat 18 August at 2pm*
Sun 19 August at 3pm*
Sat 25 August at 2pm
Sun 26 August at 3pm
*on sale from Monday 14 May
The State Theatre
The State Theatre is located in Theatres Building (under the Spire of the Arts Centre Melbourne).