Chess 2005

The Shropshire Premiere of Chess performed at Oakengates Theatre 15th-19th March, 2005


The world chess championships is taking place in Merano, Italy. The contestants are Frederick Trumper from America and Anatoly Sergievsky – the USSR challenger. Trumper is flamboyant and unpleasantly aggressive. His entourage includes his manager and his Hungarian-American girlfriend, Florence Vassy.

Sergievsky’s team is headed by his manager, the scheming and dishonest Alexander Molokov, who intends to ensure victory for his client by fair means or foul. The judge or arbiter is meant to be impartial – but is he? There are so many commercial and merchandising spin-offs to consider.

Florence and Anatolgy become friends, to the distress of Frederick, who loses his confidence and thus the match. Florence has had enough. She walks out and joins the now defecting Russian. In his new role as champion he defends his title in Bangkok. the Soviets undermine Anatoly by bringing his wife Svetlana to join her husband. Frederick is shocked by what is happening and helps Anatoly to win.

Anatoly now decides to help Florence by going back behind the Iron Curtain to ascertain whether her father is still alive and if so, do what he can to reunite father and daughter, at whatever cost to himself.

Cast and Crew

Cast List:

Florency Vassy: Elizabeth Law

Svetlana Sergievsky: Barbara Devey

Frederick Trumper: Roger Ashford

Anatoly Sergievsky: Kevin Sudlow

The Arbiter: Matt Webb

Walter de Courcey: Andrew Murray

Alexander Molokov: David Griffiths

The Company: Carmel Bradley, Helen Bryant, Karla Cowell, Frances Cruddas, Emma Dippie, Jayne Dippie, Jill Davies, Jennie Elliott, Margaret Evans, Chris Griffiths, Linda Hollington, Chris King, Marion Lowe, Jo McMelon, Jo Matkin, Marie Picken, Sarah Wilkes, Dilys Williams, Mary Young, Andrew Dippie, Adam Giblin, David Leask, Terry Lockett, Matthew Rice, Nigel Whyles, Keith Ellis, John Eaton, Carl Wellington, Robin Hood, Rowan Ashe, Sam Richards

Dancers: Rhiannon Hughes, Lucy Jarvis, Sam Bushell, Sarah Rogers, Jonathan Ammerlaan, Anna Belyavin

Children: Molly Smith, Lauren Picken


Production Team:

Director: Lynn Hunt Craib

Musical Director: Alastair Craib

Choreographer: Debbie Ashford

Accompainst: Suzanne Findlay, Steve Roberts, Julie Dippie, Ross Doodson

Chorus Mistress: Helen Bryant

Stage Director: Mike Law

Stage Managers: John Brown, Peter Cooper

Stage Crew: Jon Drew, Shaun Parkes, Keith Robinson, James Cruddas, Tony Jones, Teresa Collins, Simon Tranter

Lighting Technician: Brian Eades

Sound Technician: Gary Parton

Stage Properties: Sheila Hood assisted by Kylie Allen

Wardrobe: Jennie Elliott assisted by Mary Dixon

Make Up: Alison Jackson, Nina Jackson

Front of House Manager: Norma Smith assisted by Members & Friends of the Society

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