Patrick Stewart, star of TV's "Star Trek: The Next Generation," will reprise his acclaimed one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in Los Angeles this Christmas season. Stewart will perform his show for 20 performances, Dec. 3-22 (opening December 5) at Hollywood's Doolittle Theatre. The West Coast engagement comes after four sold out holiday seasons - in New York in 1991, 1992, and 1994, and in London in 1993.
The one-man production uses minimal set pieces, relying instead on Dickens' text and Stewart's ability to portray every character in the story.
A noted Shakespearean actor well before achieving international stardom as Captain Picard in "Star Trek: The Next Generation", Stewart has been an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company since 1967, and with them has played such classical roles as King John, Shylock, and Henry IV. He returned to Shakespeare a year ago to portray Prospero in the Public Theater's production of The Tempest, which played in Central Park and on Broadway. He repeats his "Star Trek" role in the forthcoming theatrical film Star Trek: First Contact.
Stewart's non-"Star Trek" TV roles include Sejanus in "I, Claudius," Karla in "Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy," and "Smiley's People," and Salieri in "the Mozart Inquest."
-- By Andrew Ku