A Game of Strategy, Love, & Music: Dumfries Musical Theatre Company Presents Chess at Theatre Royal

Dumfries Musical Theatre Company is Proud to Present: Chess

Written by great musical lyricist Sir Tim Rice, with music by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Chess will be performed at the Theatre Royal Dumfries this May.

After being postponed for 3 years due to the COVID pandemic, Dumfries Musical Theatre Company will be performing Chess at the Theatre Royal Dumfries from 13th May to 20th May 2023.

This highly acclaimed musical is set around a chess tournament between two grandmasters, one American, the other a Soviet. Between them, apart from a chess board, is a woman who manages one of the men, and who falls in love with the other.

From Tyrol to Thailand the players, lovers, politicians, CIA and KGB make their moves to the pulse of this monumental rock score, including international hits such as “One Night in Bangkok” and “I Know Him So Well.”

Directed by Stewart Cameron and assisted by Liz McGuinness, and Musically Directed by Christopher Watt, Chess promises to be a night to remember!

Director Stewart Cameron: “Chess is a challenging show for all concerned as it is a sung through piece. However everyone is rising to this challenge and we are in the midst of putting together a wonderful production which everyone needs to come and see!”

Featuring an experienced and talented cast, Jason Reekie will play Russian chess grandmaster, Anatoly Sergievsky, with Ren Forteath as Florence Vassy, Ruairi McCormack as US grandmaster Frederick Trumper and DMTC newcomer, Eve Daniell as The Arbiter.

Ren Forteath, playing Florence Vassy: “This is a part I’ve been waiting 30 years to play; ever since listening to the soundtrack cassette in my parents’ car on long journeys from about 1988 onwards, I’ve loved the part of Florence. Chess is my favourite show and I’ve performed songs from it at concerts for decades, so the chance to sing those wonderful duets with actors and vocalists like Jason, Katy and Ruairi is amazing. A dream come true!”

Our story begins as American grandmaster chess player Freddie Trumper, the current world champion, arrives in Merano for the Chess World Championships. When put to the test by Russian grandmaster Anatoly Sergievsky, it is more than just chess and pride on the line, as a love triangle develops between the pair and Trumper’s second, Florence.

Dumfries Musical Theatre Company will be performing Chess at the Theatre Royal Dumfries from Saturday 13th May to Saturday 20th May 2023, at 7.30pm, with a Matinee performance only on Sunday 14th May at 2.30pm.

Adult tickets are £15 with a reduced price of £13 on Saturday 13th and Monday 15th May. Students and under 18’s are £13 for all performances.

Tickets are available online from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/brigend-theatre as well as the Theatre Royal Dumfries Box Office and Midsteeple Box Office.