Sir Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jean Luc Picard, is returning to the New York stage to star in the Broadway premiere of the David Mamet play A Life in the Theater. The play goes into rehearsals this Summer. More details below.
Stewart on Broadway again
A Life in the Theatre, written by Pulitzer prize winner David Mamet, was first premiered in Chicago in 1977 and later played off-Broadway. The play focuses on the relationship between two thespians: Robert (played by Stewart) a veteran actor mentoring John, a newcomer. Sir Patrick played the same character in a 2005 London production of A Life in the Theater, opposite Joshua Jackson (Fringe). So far Stewart is the only actor named in the new production. The play will be directed by Neil Pepe and will start rehearsals in August.
Stewart last appeared on Broadway in the 2008 modern retelling of Macbeth, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination. Stewart will next be seen on stage at The Chichester Festival Theatre in Edward Bond’s Bingo: Scenes of Money and Death, where he will play William Shakespeare during his last days. The show is currently in rehearsals and will run from April 15 thru May 22.
Jackson and Stewart in 2005 London production of "A Life in Theater"
More information at broadwayworld.com.
VIDEO: Stewart at Empire Awards
And here is some more video of Patrick Stewart from Sunday’s Jameson Empire Awards, where he does some "self promotion".