Past Event16 Jun - 19 Jun 2022

Chess The Musical

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Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre


This semi-staged production with an incredible array of New Zealand musical theatre talent, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and a choir of thirty is presented by The Amici Trust and G&T Productions. Chess is filled with sumptuous musical arrangements and robust musical set-pieces abound throughout the gripping story. 
Written in 1984 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’, 'Someone Else's Story', ‘Heaven Help my Heart’ and ‘Pity The Child’. 

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New Zealand Sign Language interpreted performance: Saturday 18 June, 2pm

There will be a NZSL interpreted performance of Chess on Saturday 18 June, 2pm. 

During the performance, trained interpreters will be positioned on stage with the performers.

Introductory notes in NZSL will be given to attendees at the Aotea Centre 

Seats are allocated for patrons wishing to attend the NZSL interpreted performance with a clear view of the stage and interpreters. 

To book online, click here and enter the ticketing code SIGNED where indicated on the performance. To book over the phone, please call the Ticketmaster Groups Booking line on 09 970 9745 or email A $5 service fee per transaction will apply for all phone and online bookings.

For more info on our other accessibility offerings, click here.

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