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News Sir Ian McKellen, Tony Nom Jones and Composer Sondheim Will Highlight UCLA Live Season Sir Ian McKellen in Trevor Nunn's King Lear; The Seagull, the new work from Spring Awakening choreographer Bill T. Jones; and "A Little Night Conversation" talk with Stephen Sondheim will highlight the new season for UCLA Live.

The California performing arts venue announced its schedule for a number of genres, including theatre, dance, spoken word and music for the coming year.

"Every year, we seek to surpass any previous cultural experience that we, or any other organization, have yet presented," said UCLA Live director David Sefton. "Our goal is for people to look to UCLA Live to see things that they won't find anywhere else."

Among the events of note to theatre enthusiasts are:

UCLA Live's sixth International Theatre Festival:

  • National Theatre of Scotland's Black Watch (Sept. 18-Oct. 14)
    Written by Gregory Burke, directed by John Tiffany
  • Amsterdam's Dood Paard (Dead Horse) new take on the Greek tragedy medEia (Sept. 19-23)
    Actors Oscar van Woensel, Manja Topper and Kuno Bakker with songs from The Doors, Joy Division, Twisted Sister and Public Enemy
  • Erik Sanko's marionette play The Fortune Teller (Oct. 18-28)
    Featuring the recorded voice of Gavin Friday and score co-composed by Danny Elfman (with Sanko)
  • Royal Shakespeare Company productions of King Lear and The Seagull (Oct. 19-28)
    Starring Sir Ian McKellen under the direction of Trevor Nunn.
  • Poland's Teatr Zar staging of Gospels of Childhood (Nov. 27-Dec. 2)


    Other events:
  • Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's Blind Date(Oct. 12-13)
  • Aurélia Thierrée and Victoria Thierrée Chaplin's Aurélia’s Oratorio (April 9-12)
  • "A Little Night Conversation" (March 13)
    Stephen Sondheim with host Frank Rich Events will take place across the UCLA campus at stages including Royce Hall, Schoenberg Hall, Freud Playhouse and the Macgowan Little Theater. Subscriptions are on sale now (single tickets go on sale July 23; July 16 for current subscribers and donors) through (310) 825-2101. For more information visit

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