Rhum and Clay present their adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s The Royal Game. On board a decadent cruise liner in 1939, the world’s greatest chess champion is challenged to a match by a mysterious newcomer called… B. As B begins to play, it becomes clear that the game is not the only thing he’s at risk of losing. Because B is not just one person, but four. And they each have their own version of the story they want to tell.
With a live jazz percussive score and their signature blend of ramshackle and cinematic performance, Rhum and Clay Theatre Company tell a story of madness, identity and finding a home in 64 black and white squares. Developed in association with Hertford Theatre, Pegasus Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre. Supported by Arts Council England.