Stewart To Teach at Oxford University

By Michelle
January 24, 2007 - 7:14 PM

Patrick Stewart (Picard), who is already the Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield near his hometown in Yorkshire will become visiting professor of contemporary theatre at Oxford University.

The UK's Guardian reported that Stewart has accepted a visiting professorship named for producer Cameron Mackintosh, based at St Catherine's College at the university. He is expected to commence lecturing in April.

"I am honoured, delighted, thrilled to bits and tickled pink," said Stewart, whose position has previously been held by actors such as Diana Rigg and musical theatre writers Stephen Sondheim and Tim Rice.

Stewart is currently appearing in Anthony and Cleopatra with the Royal Shakespeare Company as the troupe performs the Bard's complete works in a variety of venues and styles. After growing up near Huddersfield, Stewart performed successively with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, the Manchester Library Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

However, Stewart remains best known for two science fiction franchises. In addition to playing Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and four feature films, he plays Professor Xavier in The X-Men film franchise.

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