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Chess The Musical opens at Liverpool Empire this weekend

THE Liverpool Empire Creative Learning team is proud to present the Youth Theatre’s production of Chess on August 13-14.
A cast of young people from the local area, working with a professional creative team will star in the vibrant production.

Senior Creative Learning Manager Natalie Flynn said: “Thanks to the generous support of the Liverpool Empire Theatre Trust and the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund, we have continued to be connected to our young people during the past year.
“This has given them an opportunity to work creatively during this challenging period of time, combatting feelings of loneliness and isolation and providing a much needed sense of normality. The group have put in an incredible effort working on the project: first online, and now, finally, in person.

“Chess is a classic musical with music from ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice. We can’t wait to put our spin on it.”

The Empire’s Youth Theatre company works under the guidance of industry professionals, which enables them to experience a professional environment, preparing them for the world of work within the theatre industry and many of those involved go on to pursue professional careers in performing arts.

Written by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice, Chess tells a story of love and political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s, in which superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends.

Two of the world’s greatest chess masters, one American, one Russian, are in danger of becoming the pawns of their governments as their battle for the world title gets under way. Simultaneously their lives are thrown into further confusion by a Hungarian refugee, a remarkable woman who becomes the centre of their emotional triangle. This mirrors the heightened passions of the political struggles that threaten to destroy lives and loves.

Includes the international hit singles ‘I Know Him So Well’ and ‘One Night In Bangkok’. Other well-known songs from the score include ‘Anthem’, ‘Heaven Help my Heart’ and ‘Pity The Child’.

Performance Information

Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre presents Chess

Liverpool Empire Theatre

Friday 13th August, 7.30pm

Saturday 14th August, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tickets from £13

To book call 0844 871 7615* or buy online at

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