Stewart To Play 'The Master Builder'By Caillan
March 9, 2003 - 9:22 AM
Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) will be returning to his theatrical roots later this year in The Master Builder.
The actor will play the the lead role in the Henrik Ibsen play from May 26 to 31 at the Theatre Royal, Bath, prior to a West End run, according to the theatre's web site.
Written in 1892, The Master Builder revolves around Norwegian architect Halvard Solness (Stewart), now in the twilight of his career and worried about being outshone by younger, more creative architects. His life is turned upside down when a beautiful young woman, Hilde Wangel, appears on the scene and encourages him to take risks again.
This production will be directed by Anthony Page, who won a Tony Award for his direction of A Doll's House on Broadway. His other theatrical credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, starring Brendan Fraser (The Mummy), Heartbreak House, Three Tall Women, and A Delicate Balance. Page has also excelled on the small screen, scoring a BAFTA nomination for the Middlemarch mini-series and an Emmy-nomination for The Missiles of October.
Stewart has been showered with accolades over the years for his performances on stage, including Olivier Awards for his role as Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra and his one-man adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Stewart's other theatrical credits include The Merchant of Venice, Titus Andronicus, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (for which he won a London Fringe Theatre Best Actor Award) and The Ride Down Mt. Morgan.