Today is Sir Patrick Stewart’s birthday. Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jean Luc Picard is turning 70 years young. TrekMovie wishes Stewart the best of birthdays. We also report news on dates and prices for seeing Stewart on Broadway in A Life in the Theater.
Make it Seventy
Patrick Stewart came in to the Star Trek franchise with many questioning of this balding British Shakespearean actor could carry a new series and step out of the shadow created by the original Star Trek. In the end he proved the doubters wrong and launched decades of Kirk vs. Picard debates for his commanding performance as Capt. Jean Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise D (and E). Stewart’s Picard was a different kind of captain with his own style, but just as commanding. This could be seen from his style in combat, his abilities with diplomacy and even how he straightened his uniform.
Since his time with Trek Stewart has continued his success on screen with the X-Men movies and has mostly returned to the stage and his roots as a Shakespearean actor, winning him many accolades (and a recent Emmy nomination for Hamlet). He of course was recently knighted as well and at seventy shows no sign of slowing down. Here is a photo of Sir Patrick at the British Grand Prix over the weekend.
Patrick Stewart (C) and Nick Faldo visit the F1 paddock during race day ahead of the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 11, 2010 in Northampton, England (PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES)
UPDATE: Bday wishes for Sir Pat
Some Star Trek celebs have sent out birthday wishes to Patrick via Twitter.
@levarburton: Happy Birthday to my Captain, my Captain #PatrickStewart One of the most chill cats God ever blew breath into!
Opening and closing dates & pricing for Stewart on Broadway
Back in March it was announced that Patrick Stewart was headed back to Broadway to star in the David Mamet play A Life in the Theater. The play focuses on the relationship between two thespians: Robert (played by Stewart) a veteran actor mentoring John, a newcomer (played by T.R. Knight). And now we know that the play will open at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on October 12th, following previews that begin on September 21st. It will run in a limited engagement until January 2nd 2011. Tickets are available now and, with any Broadway play, they are not cheap, ranging from $76.50 to $121.50 each. You can buy them at Telecharge. More info on the play at NewYorkTheatreGuide.com.