Amateurs take on a classic musical

Chess the musical to be staged by URC Productions
Chess the musical to be staged by URC Productions

An amateur dramatics group will be taking on one of the classic musicals starting next week.

URC Productions is to stage Chess at the United Reformed Church in Wellingborough.

The show features lyrics by Tim Rice, and music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, formerly of ABBA.

The story involves a romantic triangle between two top players, an American and a Russian, in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other.

All in the context of a Cold War struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, during which both countries wanted to win international chess tournaments for propaganda purposes.

The first theatrical production of Chess opened in London’s West End in 1986 and played for three years.

Producer of the show Luke Sheehan said: “We have an outstanding cast featuring some very experienced local performers such as; Jonathan Reynolds, Ian Hammond-Stark, Leisa Cooke, Jake Douglas, Martin Grover, and Kim Hammond-Stark.

Supported by our main ensemble, eight trained dancers, and a show choir it is a powerhouse of a production not to be missed.”

It is only the group’s second production following on from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last year. The show will raise funds for the church.

Chess the Musical runs from Thursday June 11 to Saturday June 13 with performances at 7.30pm.

Tickets are just £10 and can be reserved by calling 07799 821174, or can be purchased through the Church Office in Salem Hall, or at any Sunday morning service.

Tickets can also be paid for and collected by visiting the Church any Monday or Thursday evening between 7.45pm and 9.15pm.