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The best theatre in December 2019—Spassky vs Fischer at Hampstead Theatre and the Duchess of Malfi at the Almeida

Plus Gypsy at the Royal Exchange

By Michael Coveney   December 2019

Ravens: Spassky vs Fischer, Hampstead Theatre, 29th November to 18th January

The 1972 chess contest between Russian Boris Spassky and American Bobby Fischer was a sporting metaphor for the Cold War. (Fischer won). Previous cultural takes on the match include the 1986 musical Chess by the Abba composers and Tim Rice, with anthems and added love interest. Now Tom Morton-Smith, who wrote an engaging and powerful play about the father of the…

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