Chess   2009



     'Chess' was also presented in 2000

General Information       
Chess  2009


Wednesday    10th June 2009 - Saturday  13th June 2009
Evenings at 7.30pm


Floral Pavilion, New Brighton


Chess was the first musical to be staged at the new Floral Pavilion theatre.


Karen Edge



Musical Director

Robert Bowness

During the Annual NODA Award
ceremony in Blackpool on 2nd May 2010,
Rob won the Best Musical Director award
for his work on this production of Chess.


Deborah Clark



David Steedman


 Music by  Benny Andersson
 Bjorn Ulvaeus
 Lyrics by  Tim Rice


Cast Members                    Chess  2009


Florence Vassy

Sarah Hardman-Gardner

nominated for NODA best actress in a musical

Anatoly Sergievsky

Paul Kirkbright

nominated for NODA best actor in a musical

Frederick Trumper

Mark Gardner

nominated for NODA best actor in a musical

The Arbiter

Bill Seabury


Alexander Molokov

Tony Clare


Walter de Courcey

Mike Ellis


Svetlana Sergievsky

Samantha Arnold




Mayor of Merano Michael Kennedy
Station Master Ian Browell
Reporters Keith Phillips
  Kevin Nugent
  Nicky Fallon
  Wendy Newton
  David J Lee
  Beki Allen
Pop Choir  Andrea Otter
   Joanne Ellis
   Tia Chang
   Amy Duggan
   Nick Hawkswell
TV Presenter Lois Holland
Viigand Ray Davies

Diplomats, Merchandisers, Embassy Staff,
Citizens of Merano, people of Bangkok

Beki Allen Ian Browell
Fran Allen David Crosby
Helen Banton Derrick Fear

Sheila Davies

Gerry Fear

Sheila Disley

John Garrett
Nicky Fallon Oliver Hambly

Carolyn Garland

Dave Hayward

Margaret Gordon

Gerry Johnston

Jane Graham

Gary Jones

Lois Holland

Jason Jump

Sue Jarvis

Michael Kennedy

Josie Jevons-Hirst

Eric Mates

Margaret Jones

Chris Penman
Denise Milnes Derek Thomson
Wendy Newton David Wolfe
Claire Nugent  

Joan Reynolds-Jones


Cheryl Seabury


Debbie Simnor

Jean Taylor  
Katriina Youde  

Bangkok ladies. l-r Margaret Gordon, Jane Graham, Jean Taylor,
Josie Jeavons-Hurst, Andrea Otter, Debbie Simnor


   Dancers from Wallasey School of Ballet
Dancers - 1          Dancers - 2

Principal: Deborah Clark.
Examiner FBBO.  Deviser of the British Ballet Organisation Tap Syllabus.     Teacher: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern. 

 Kylie Baker  Nicola Barr
 Lisa Beattie  Harmony Bowker
 Chloe Bryan  Natasha Carlyle
 Martha Christian  Molly Christian
 Joseph Critchley  Rory Cubbin
 Melissa Edwards  Natalie Edwards
 Rebecca Edwards  Georgia Evans
 Hannah Evans  Melissa Fearnley
 Jenny Foulds  Lizzie Goodwin
 Mark Griffith  Olivia Hathaway
 Gemma Hughes  Cath Jennings
 Lucy Keating  Zoe King
 Kemal Kuguloglu  Katie Lewis
 Katie Lindon  Miranda McCabe
 Anna McDougall  Sophie McGregor
 Laura Milward  Sarah Perkins
 Rachel Pickford  Bethany Richards
 Hannah Ridge  Esme Rivett
 Jessica Roberts  Kimberley Roberts
 Katie Sheridan  Hannah Smith
 Isabele Stubbs  Oliver Turner
 Lauren Wray  


ProductionTeam                 Chess  2009

Stage Manager

 Dave Molley

Assistant Stage Manager

 Richie Lee
Multimedia Producer  Ken Rotchell


 Mary Newton

Set Dressers  Jenny King, Ann Birks,
 Sophie Wootton


 Jean Taylor,
 Elaine Williams @ The Costume

Microphone Dresser

 Kerry Willers

Lighting Design

 Simon Cole of BackSTAGE
 Theatre Supplies

Production Photography  Richard Jennings of Cetra
 Studio, Heswall

This production was nominated for best staging of a musical in the annual NODA awards


Production Manager

 Ray Davies
Production Chairman  Ian Browell
Production Secretary  Cheryl Seabury
Publicity  Michael Kennedy, David Crosby
Ticket Secretary  Bob Jarvis

Programme compilation

 Dave Lee, Nick Hawkswell

Programme &  poster design

 Nick Sample

Front of House Manager

 Barbara Adams

For Wallasey School of Ballet

Dressmakers  Patricia Chambers,
 Deborah Rodney,
 Pam Townsend
Costume hire  Julie Whitehead


 Patricia Chambers,
 Deborah Rodney,
 Pam Townsend,
 Alison Christian,
 Paula Jennings,
 Faith McDougall


Programme                 Chess  2009

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 Photographs                 Chess  2009

First Act

The Story of Chess


The Arbiter / Diplomats / Merchandisers

Freddie, Florence and the Reporter

Anatoly and Molokov

The Chess Match

Nobody's Side with the Pop Choir

Embassy Lament / Anthem

Second Act

'One Night in Bangkok'

Freddie and Florence, Anatoly and Florence

'The Soviet Machine & the Interview'

'The Deal'

'The Temple'



Tony Clare and Mike Ellis
             Finale - Molokov and Walter meet                             

                                   Finale-the dancers         

                                The Deal in rehearsal                          

Mark Gardner, Sarah Hardman-Gardner, Samantha Arnold,  Paul Kirkbright, Bill Seabury, Mike Ellis, Tony Clare

Press Coverage                     Chess  2009

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Officials                               Chess  2009


Lee Ireland

Vice- Presidents

Barbara Adams
Colin Iveson

Executive Committee


Tony Clare


Ian Browell

Hon Secretary

Beki Allen

Hon Treasurer

Jane Graham

Committee members


 Amy Duggan  Derrick Fear
 Tia Chang  Nick Hawkswell
 Dave Lee  Wendy Newton
 Cheryl Seabury  Jean Taylor

Life Members


 Barbara Adams  Ray Davies
 Carolyn Garland  Lee Ireland
 Margaret Jones  Rupert McCarthy
 Eric Mates  Michael Kennedy

Social Committee



 Wendy Newton


 Lee Ireland

Hon Secretary

 Sheila Davies

Hon Treasurer

 Barbara Adams

Committee members

Helen Banton  Jan Bradshaw
Sue Jarvis  Joan Rees Jones
 Pam Johnston  Irene Nugent
 Niki Simmons