What Do Critics Think of the London Chess Revival, Starring Michael Ball and Alexandra Burke?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of the London Chess Revival, Starring Michael Ball and Alexandra Burke?
 
The production runs through June 2 at the London Coliseum.
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The new revival of Chess, which began performances April 26 at the London Coliseum, officially opened May 1.

The cast includes Olivier Award-winning actor Michael Ball (Aspects of Love, Les Misérables) as Anatoly, Alexandra Burke (X-Factor, The Bodyguard) as Svetlana, Mike + the Mechanics lead singer and West End star Tim Howar as Freddie, and Cassidy Janson (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Florence.

Critics have filed their reviews; read them below:

TheArtsDesk.com (Matt Wolf)

The Daily Mail (Quentin Letts)

The Guardian (Lyn Gardner)

The Hollywood Reporter (Stephen Dalton)

Independent (Paul Taylor)

iNews (Alice Jones)

Radio Times (Tony Peters)

The Upcoming (Daniel Amir)

Variety (Matt Trueman)

Laurence Connor (School of Rock, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables) directs with choreography by Stephen Mear. The five-week engagement is produced by Michael Grade and Michael Linnit in collaboration with English National Opera.

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The show also features lighting by Patrick Woodfroffe, sound by Mick Potter, design by Matthew Kinley, and costumes by Christina Cunningham.

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