Chess - the Musical


Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Robin Buck
Music Direction by Daniel Gary Busby


November 11 – 18, 2017

Irvine Barclay Theatre*

This iconic 80s musical develops the ancient game of chess into a metaphor for political and romantic intrigue. The loutish American Grandmaster, the earnest Russian Champion, the Hungarian-American chess second, and the discarded wife all vie for attention and dominance. Think Trump-Putin and their minions in a “reality TV-style” concert setting.

Evenings: Nov. 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Matinees: Nov. 12*, 18  at 2:00 p.m.

*Ticketholders: Please join us for a post-performance TalkBack with the creative team and cast.

General $25
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $21
UCI Students & Children under 17 $12

This event contains strobe/flashing lights & fog/haze.


The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business

Money talks. In an age when politicians are carefully-crafted public figures bought and paid for by lobbyists, Super PACs, corporate dollars and—potentially—a foreign government, a failed reality-TV star holds the office of the most powerful leader in the free world. Unsupported promises are more powerful than provable facts, and the interests of the ruling class are carried on the backs of the voiceless many… this is the era of the business of politics/the politics of business: where dirty deals are done daily.

Saturday Nov 11, 2017, 8:00 pm
Sunday Nov 12, 2017, 2:00 pm
Thursday Nov 16, 2017, 8:00 pm
Friday Nov 17, 2017, 8:00 pm
Saturday Nov 18, 2017, 2:00 pm
Saturday Nov 18, 2017, 8:00 pm