Further casting & an additional date announced for ‘Chess the Musical in Concert’ at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Further casting and an additional date has been announced for the hotly anticipated Chess the Musical in Concert, which sold out its previously announced performance in just 7 days. Chess the Musical in Concert will now play two dates at the iconic Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 1 & 2 August 2022.

Further casting includes Joel Harper-Jackson as Freddie, Frances Mayli McCann as Svetlana and Ako Mitchell as The Arbiter, joining the previously announced Samantha Barks as Florence and Hadley Fraser as Anatoly.

Chess, with music by ABBA legends Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and lyrics by the incomparable Sir Tim Rice, returns to the West End for the first time since 2018, as part of three star-led musical concerts. They will be accompanied by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra and will be presented at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane this August.

The ensemble will be made up of Joseph Craig, Darius J James, Aoife Kenny, Jessica Lee, Nick Len, Natasha May-Thomas, Alice Readie, Stuart Rouse, Phoebe Samuel-Gray, Grant Thresh and Libby Watts, with more to be announced.

The creative team includes: Director and Choreographer: Nick Winston, Associate Director and Choreographer: Alexzandra Sarmiento, Musical Director: Freddie Tapner, Designer: Ruth Sutcliffe, Lighting Designer: Ben Cracknell, Sound Designer: Tom Marshall, Video Projection Designer: Duncan McLean, Casting: Harry Blumenau and Lighting Programmer: Chris Winn.

Chess the Musical in Concert is part of three concerts presented in August at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. It precedes concert stagings of Kinky Boots the Musical in Concert on 8 August and Treason the Musical in Concert on 22 and 23 August.

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