Michael Ball joins Alexandra Burke in Chess

The first West End production of Chess since 1986 will star Michael Ball and Alexandra Burke.

Described as an “epic musical love story”, the show will be at the London Coliseum (April 26-June 2).

It will also star Murray Head, Tim Howar and Cassidy Janson, and is presented by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade in collaboration with English National Opera.

Ball (pictured) will perform the role of Anatoly and Burke is Svetlana.

A star of musical theatre in the West End and Broadway for 30 years, Ball is a double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist and radio and TV presenter.

Burke rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008, and is one of the most successful winners of the show, selling more than four million records in the UK.

In 2014 she made her West End debut playing the lead role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, and in 2016, she starred in the musical Sister Act.

Chess was written in 1984 by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, with Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Evita).

It tells a story of love and political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s and early 1980s.