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Audacity performs in the musical Chess

From 12th—16th February Rugby Operatic Society staged its production of Chess.


Written and devised by Tim Rice with music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus from Abba, the show is a complex Cold War love story from the 1980s, set against a backdrop of political power struggles, hidden agendas and unrequited love between the players, their supporters and the political aspirations of the USA and USSR.


The music, which started out as a hit album before being incorporated into the musical, includes a number of hits from the mid-80s including I Know Him so Well by Elaine Paige and Barbara Dixon, and One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head.


A cast of over 70 performers – including 30 youngsters – came together under musical director David J King and director Rex Pogson.


The cast included singers from the Rugby Philharmonic, Rugby Male Voice and the Revel villager’s choirs, members of Leigh-Anne Campbell School of Dance, and Harris Academy vocal group Audacity.


Photography by Martin Pulley