The game is over!

Well that was the week that was – Chess the Musical is now one to look back on. Thank you to all those who came and supported us, we had wonderful, busy houses all week and great audience reaction.

This tournament may be over but Irving marches on through its anniversary year – next up are our fundraising Cabaret Evening in June; and My Fair Lady in November.

Bury Free Press review is here:

See the gallery for photos of the lead characters taken by Andy Abbott – sincere thanks as always to him, and to Ravenwood Hall that allowed us to borrow their giant chess board!

For the opening production of their Diamond Jubilee year, Irving Stage Company presents this musical drama, with a score by Abba’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and lyrics by Tim Rice.

Chess is a love story set against the background of the Cold War, with opposing superpowers using an  international chess championship for political ends, using the players as pawns.

Two grand masters of the ancient game, one American, one Russian, face each other a chess board, while a young woman becomes torn between the two.

This intriguing, passionate musical includes songs including huge hits ‘I Know Him So Well’ and ‘One Night In Bangkok’; as well as the popular ‘Anthem’,  ‘Heaven Help my Heart’ and ‘Pity The Child’.

An amateur production of Chess (UK version) by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.


Anatoly Ben Child

Freddie Glen Conner

Florence Anna Damigella

Molokov Alec Taylor

Arbiter Ben Young

Walter Tim Freathy

Svetlana Anna Sutton

Vigand Alex Telling

Ensemble Jessica Hughes

Ensemble Frances Gaul

Ensemble Jenny Acheson

Ensemble Sally Boulter

Ensemble Camille Berriman

Ensemble Natasha Sawyer

Ensemble Marnie Randall

Ensemble Mel Mills

Ensemble Andrea Eden

Ensemble Jane Parkinson

Ensemble Julia Foulsham

Ensemble Carolyn Child

Ensemble Julie Merrick

Ensemble Jessica Corbett

Ensemble Christian Jenner

Ensemble Kira Bates

Ensemble Izzy Fisher

Ensemble Lydia Bridge

Ensemble Polly Pateman

Ensemble Jon Jordan Hills

Ensemble James Manfield

Ensemble Chris Howarth

Ensemble Phil Kemp

Ensemble David Dodson

Ensemble Ashley Seaborne

Ensemble Simon Loughe


Director Sian Couture

Musical Director Nicola Brazier

Choreographer Sian Couture

Choreographer Glen Conner

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