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October 20
November 19, 2023

CHESS presented by Vagabond Players

Vagabond Players is thrilled to begin its 108th season with the highly-acclaimed musical CHESS – music by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, lyrics by Tim Rice (based on an idea by Tim Rice) and directed by Stephen Deininger.

During the height of the Cold War, the renowned game of chess becomes a battleground for romantic rivalries, super-power politics, and international intrigue as two great chess masters, an American and a Russian, meet to fight it out for the world championship and the love of one woman. From Tyrol to Thailand, the players, lovers, politicians and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental score by the ABBA team that includes such classics as “One Night in Bangkok” an “Heaven Help My Heart.”

“Originally running for 3 years in the West End, ‘CHESS’ by Tim Rice and the blokes from Abba…has a genuinely fantastic score, perhaps one of the few musicals between ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Hamilton’ to meaningfully sound like a worthwhile product of the popular music of its day.” TimeOut

“…one of the best rock scores ever produced in the theatre.” Time Magazine

CHESS opens Friday, Oct. 20 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 19, with weekly performances Fridays/Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., and a special $16 Thursdays on Broadway performance on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.

For tickets and show info visit Special group rates are available online.

Located at 806 S. Broadway in historic Fells Point, Vagabond Players is easily accessible to patrons. Wheelchair accessibility is available.

CHESS is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

Vagabond Players


806 S Broadway
Baltimore, 21231