A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE WORLD PREMIERE

RAVENS: SPASSKY vs. FISCHER

By TOM MORTON-SMITH
Directed by ANNABELLE COMYN

The Cold War is still a war. Soft power is still power. You’re out here playing by the rules … they’re out here playing to the crowd

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Reykjavik, 1972. All eyes are on Iceland ahead of ‘the Match of the Century’: Boris Spassky vs. Bobby Fischer in the World Chess Championship.  Never before in chess history has a tournament attracted such global media attention.  And for the two contenders, Spassky the World Champion and the maverick superstar Fischer, the stakes have never been higher – not only the world title, but unprecedented prize money and stratospheric fame are all on the table. 

But as the Cold War begins to heat up, each side of the Atlantic spots a major opportunity to demonstrate superiority over the other. So why hasn’t America’s knight in shining armour shown up? And why won’t Russia’s grandmaster listen to orders?  As the two superpowers prepare their opening gambits in a proxy battle of ideologies, with sport as the weapon of choice, both sides find themselves undermined by their pawns, who seem oddly unwilling to cooperate…

Tom Morton-Smith’s gripping psychological thriller depicts a match that became a signature event of the Cold War, exploring how two very different individuals were co-opted to stand for contrasting political systems.  

Tom makes his Hampstead Theatre debut following his critically acclaimed hit, Oppenheimer (RSC / West End).

Annabelle Comyn is the award-winning Artistic Director of Hatch Theatre Company. Her directing credits include Asking for It (The Abbey Theatre) and Look Back in Anger (The Gate Theatre).

Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer has been kindly supported by Erin Bell & Michael Cohen.

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Artistic team

WRITER

TOM MORTON-SMITH

DIRECTOR

ANNABELLE COMYN

DESIGNER

JAMIE VARTAN

LIGHTING

HOWARD HARRISON

COMPOSER AND SOUND

PHILIP STEWART

VIDEO

JACK PHELAN

MOVEMENT

MIKE ASHCROFT

CASTING

JULIET HORSLEY CDG

Cast

HAM AND HIGH INTERVIEWS RONAN RAFTERY

Posted on 14 November 2019

Bridget Galton interviews Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer star Ronan Raftery.

A Q&A WITH... RAVENS: SPASSKY VS FISCHER'S RONAN RAFTERY AND ROBERT EMMS

Posted on 8 November 2019

We caught up with Raven: Spassky vs Fischer's Ronan Raftery (Boris Spassky) and Robert Emms (Bobby Fischer) to discuss playing real people, the Berlin theatre scene and putting chess on stage...

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR RAVENS: SPASSKY VS. FISCHER

Posted on 24 October 2019

We're thrilled to announce the cast for the World Premiere of Tom Morton-Smith's Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer, directed by Annabelle Comyn, including Ronan Raftery as Boris Spassky and Robert Emms as Bobby Fischer.

NEW SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted on 23 July 2019

Ahead of its 60th Birthday, Hampstead Theatre announces Roxana Silbert’s inaugural season as Artistic Director

2019 New Season Offer

Posted on 23 July 2019

For a limited time only, you can see all four new Main Stage productions in Roxana Silbert's debut season for the price of three - yes, see one show entirely for free!

Roxana Silbert's Debut Season: Statement

Posted on 23 July 2019

‘I am excited to introduce my debut season as Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre.

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