Benet Catty Productions

Chess

Benny Andersson,
Bjorn Ulvaeus & Tim Rice

Dates
1998
Warwick Arts
Centre Theatre

Performances
4

Audience
1,667

Choreography
Ben Evans

Set Designer
Chris Wilson

Musical Director
Chris Rees

Lighting Designer
Chris Vowden

Sound Designer
Martin Payne

Company
(MTW) Music Theatre Warwick

Cast
Jean Barton
Gareth Davies
Nicky Faint
James Harrington
Adam Peck
Stephanie Short
Andrew Smith

Ensemble: Sinem Bingol, Gaynor Burton, Rachel Chamberlayne, Claudia Chibici-Reveanu, Donna Clark, Rachel Clark, Claudia Conway, Victoria Corlass, Hywel Davies, Alexis Dubus, Fiona Ferguson, Sarah Geliher, Paul Gray, Leon Hernandez, Eleri James, Oscar Johnson, Lydia Jones, Heather Kublin, Hongy Laffer, Sarah Lax, Nicholle Lennon, Jonathan Matthews, Oksana Miroshnichenko, Jill Officer, James Parker, Hannah Pettifer, Helen Philips, H Reader, Debbie Reason, Sam Smith, Freddy Sourgens, Anna Starkey, Richard Tonks, Anna Trapmore, Miriam Wright

Chess remains the most expensive and ambitious production ever attempted at the University of Warwick, and marked the first production by Music Theatre Warwick (then the Gilbert and Sullivan Society) in the Warwick Arts Centre Theatre in several years.



Chess had a cast of 51, an orchestra of 29 and backstage crew of 21; 46 microphones, 7 video monitors, 160 lights, a two level set with 8 moving components, 8 flying components, and over 200 cues. It is almost entirely through-sung and consists of 2 hours 30 minutes of music.

The production cost over 6,000, enormous for a student show. However, it played to nearly 1,700 people (86% of capacity), making it still the most attended student show in memory at Warwick and among the Top 5 selling shows at the Warwick Arts Centre of the season.

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