Renowned film, television and stage actor Patrick Stewart will give a one-night-only show on his career and his love of Shakespeare at 8 p.m. March 15 while visiting Orlando.
Stewart, who will be in Central Florida for the MegaCon science-fiction convention, will present his program, "An Evening With Sir Patrick Stewart," at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.
Known to television viewers as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on the long-running "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and to film buffs as Professor Xavier in the "X-Men" movies, Stewart also has an extensive background in stage acting in his native Britain and on Broadway.
In his program, Stewart will discuss Shakespeare and share stories from his illustrious career. Orlando Shakespeare Theater artistic director Jim Helsinger will host the event, structured like an "Inside the Actor's Studio" discussion. Audience members will be able to participate in a brief question-and-answer session.
Tickets, $50-$100, go on sale at noon Tuesday, March 5; call 407-447-1700 or go to orlandoshakes.org. There will be no opportunity for photos or autographs. Proceeds will benefit the Shakespeare Center.
"We're delighted to have Sir Patrick here at Orlando Shakes," Helsinger said. "While many people know of him through TV and movies, many may not be familiar with his vast experience performing Shakespeare. It will be thrilling to spend an evening discussing his life in the theater."
During his association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart acted in more than 50 shows including "King John," "The Merchant of Venice," "Henry IV," "Julius Caesar" and "Titus Andronicus."
Non-Shakespearean West End and Broadway performances include "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?," "The Master Builder," a one-man version of "A Christmas Carol" and "Waiting for Godot," a hit London production that is scheduled to come to Broadway this fall.
Among Stewart's honors are three Olivier Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Tonys, for his work in "Hamlet," "Antony and Cleopatra" and "A Christmas Carol." In New York, he has won a Drama Desk Award for "Christmas Carol" and was Tony nominated for the title role in a 2008 production of "Macbeth." He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2010 for services to drama.