Near West Theatre
Community Theatre

Music by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Based on an idea by Tim Rice
Book by Richard Nelson

Show Description:
Secrets, lies, collusion and betrayal? Love, courage and loyalty? Checkmate! In this highly acclaimed rock musical, the ancient and distinguished game of chess becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries and super-power political intrigue as two great chess masters—American and Russian—meet in Bangkok to battle for the world championship at the height of the Cold War. From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians, CIA and KGB make their moves to the pulse of this soaring and monumental score, a collaboration between legendary rock band ABBA and Tony Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Joseph) featuring international hits "One Night in Bangkok" and "I Know Him So Well.”

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Ticket Information
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July 19 - August 4


7:30pm Thursdays
7:30pm Fridays
7:30pm Saturdays
3pm Sundays (No Performance 7/21)

$8-$25 Reserved Seating

(216) 961-6391
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Near West Theatre

6702 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102

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