Slate includes Sondheim, 'King Lear'

Stephen Sondheim will have a chat with Frank Rich of the New York Times and the 50th anniversary of a famed L.A. folk club will be celebrated as part of UCLA Live’s 2007-2008 season.

The sixth annual International Theatre Festival has the cornerstone of Ian McKellen starring in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of “King Lear” and Chekhov’s “The Seagull” at Royce Hall in repertory Oct. 19-28.

Theater fest starts Sept. 18 with the National Theatre of Scotland’s “Black Watch” at the Freud Playhouse. Fest will include the West Coast premieres of “medEia” by Amsterdam’s Dood Paard Sept. 19-22 at McGowan Little Theater and Erik Sanko’s “The Fortune Teller,” featuring music by Danny Elfman and Sanko, Oct. 18-28 at the Freud.

Poland’s Teatr Zar will perform “Gospels of Childhood” Nov. 27-Dec. 2 at the Freud; “Aurelia’s Oratorio,” directed and designed by Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter Victoria Thierree Chaplin, will play April 9-12 at the Freud.

Sondheim will appear as part of the spoken word series on March 13.

A 50th Anniversary of the Ash Grove celebration featuring Taj Mahal, Dave Alvin, Mike Seeger, Ry Cooder and others closes out the roots music series April 18-19, which starts with Richard Thompson fronting his electric band at Royce on Sept. 28, followed by Los Lobos (Feb. 1) and Arlo Guthrie playing solo (April 17).

Its jazz series at Royce Hall includes Ornette Coleman (Sept. 26), the 25th anniversary of the Keith Jarrett Trio (March 5) and the SFJAZZ Collective playing the compositions of Wayne Shorter (March 21). The Russian Patriarchate Choir stops at Royce on Oct. 22 as part f its first U.S. tour, a highlight of a classical season that includes Yo-Yo Ma with Kathryn Scott (Nov. 17), Deborah Voigt singing the American songbook (Jan. 16) and the Seattle Symphony with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

Nine “world music” concerts kick off No. 1 with a Day of the Dead celebration featuring Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano and Eugenia Leon. Among the other bills are Youssou N’Dour (Dec. 1), Sierra Leon’s Refugee All-Stars (Feb. 16) and Angelique Kidjo and Dengue Fever (March 12).

Harold Lloyd’s “Safety Last” will be shown with live organ accompaniment on March 9.

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