As first mentioned in a tweet by the UK CHESS tour’s Anatoly Sergievsky (played by Daniel Koek), Benny caught the very last UK performance of CHESS last Saturday (9 April) at Glasgow’s Kings Theatre. His appearance at the theatre has even made the Scottish press.
CHESS has been touring the UK since 27 August 2010 and finishes its run with five days in Trieste, Italy opening this evening. It was the recipient of the Best Regional Production 2010 at the What’s On Stage awards in February.
The show’s next stop is Toronto, Canada where it is scheduled to open at the Princess of Wales Theatre in September 2011.
Scotland’s top selling evening newspaper The Evening Times’ Sarah Swain reports:
“He might already know it so well – because he wrote it – but Abba’s Benny Andersson popped in to check on his show Chess in Glasgow. The Abba star, who also penned smash-hit musical Mamma Mia, was at the city’s King’s Theatre on Saturday to see the last night of the production directed by Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood.
Benny, 64, who wrote the music with fellow Abba member Bjorn Ulvaeus while Sir Tim Rice provided the lyrics, even signed autographs for some fans who spotted him, before heading backstage to meet the cast.
The musical includes the song I Know Him So Well, which was recently a Comic Relief hit for Susan Boyle and comedian Peter Kay.
A spokesman for the King’s Theatre, said: “It must have been very exciting for those sitting beside him in the Grand Circle, and it just goes to show you never know who you might be sitting next to!”
The Swedish singer/songwriter was in Abba from 1972 until 1982. The group found fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with Waterloo.
Chess, Benny and Bjorn’s first musical, opened in London’s West End in 1986 and played for three years.
It is set against a backdrop of the Cold War as two great chess masters, an American and a Russian, battle it out at the world championships.”