Stewart Celebrates Shakespeare's Birthday With Busy Week

By Michelle
April 23, 2007 - 8:47 PM

Three events with Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard) take place this month. He received the Jules Verne Award for Artistic Achievement this past weekend; he will be making his inaugural lecture today at Oxford University; and next week he will participate in the Royal Shakespeare Company's opening day by discussing his personal relationship with Shakespeare.

The Patrick Stewart Network covered all these items among their news briefs, including a link to photos and video from the Jules Verne Awards Ceremony on April 21st at the Grand Rex Theater in Paris.

Getty Images (which identifies Stewart as a US actor) has photos of a smiling Stewart holding his Jules Verne trophy, while DailyMotion has video of Stewart walking onstage to Star Trek theme music to receive his award, saying in French that he was happy and honoured to receive the prestigious tribute.

Today is the birthday of William Shakespeare, so it is appropriate that Stewart - a Shakespearean actor for longer than he has been a Star Trek star - begin his stint as Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherineís College, Oxford, on this date. "I am honoured, delighted, thrilled to bits and tickled pink," Stewart said about his appointment to the position.

And on April 29th, Stewart and his Antony and Cleopatra cohort Harriet Walter will discuss their relationships with Shakespeare during the RSC's opening day festivities. Shakespeare and Me will be held at Stratford's Courtyard Theatre, whose tickets may be purchased from the Royal Shakespeare Company web site.

Thanks to The Patrick Stewart Network for all the news!

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