Boldly going where he has gone before, Patrick Stewart will return to Broadway for a week at holiday time to revive his solo, A Christmas Carol. He'll do eight performances, Dec. 24-30, at Broadway's Marriott Marquis Theatre.
Stewart, star of TV's "Star Trek: The Next Generation," did three sold-out holiday seasons of the show, in 1991, 1992 and 1994, plus engagements in London (1993) and L.A. (1996). The one-man production uses minimal set pieces, relying instead on Dickens' text and Stewart's ability to portray every character in the story.
According to spokespersons at the Publicity Office, proceeds from the current mounting will all go to charity, with the Dec. 28 show specifically earmarked for the Actors' Fund's Sept. 11th Campaign.
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 to portray Prospero in the Public Theater's production of The Tempest, which played in Central Park and on Broadway. His last Broadway stint was The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, in which his public quarrel with the producers over their marketing of the show overshadowed the play's modest run.
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." Tickets are available now for those seven performances through Ticketmaster, (212) 307-4100, (800) 755-4000. For the Actors' Fund show, call (212) 221-7300, ext. 133. The Marriott Marquis Theatre box office will open on December 10.