Chess theatre review – Choreography is athletic but clichéd, lyrics inaudible

It aims to explore Cold War tensions and is loosely based on the rivalry of chess grandmasters American Bobby Fischer and Russian Boris Spassky but is muddled and puerile.

The Fischer character, defeated in the first act, switches allegiance in the second more often than the shadiest Le Carré character but without a fraction of the motivation.

Director Laurence Connor displays so little faith in the show’s ability to hold the stage that he projects relentless distracting close-ups of the principals on vast video screens.

Stephen Mear’s choreography is athletic but clichéd: goose-stepping Soviets, pompom-twirling cheerleaders and brolly-waving Britons.

The sound system is such that 80 per cent of the lyrics are inaudible but, given the banality of the remainder, this may be no loss.

Every other song ends in the same meaningless crescendo. Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke, Tim Howar and Cassidy Janson emote gamely to little effect. And the £150 seat price is an outrage!

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