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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Patrick Stewart, A Christmas Carol

Every Christmas, I read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I probably know sections of it by heart. I also watch the movie at least once during the holiday season...first when putting the ornaments on the tree, and then whenever it strikes my mood. However, it can't be just any version....it must be Patrick Stewart's rendition. For those non-nerds who may be saying "Who is Patrick Stewart, and what's so special about his Christmas Carol?" here are a few facts:
  • He is probably best known as Jean-Luc Picard from the series Star Trek, The Next Generation.
  • He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) for 20 years.
  • He became one of Britian's finest classical actors...even opening the Barbican Arts Centre, the new London home of the RSC, with the title role of Henry IV in 1984.
  • While acting as the captain of the Starship Enterprise, he also worked on developing his own one man production of A Christmas Carol.
  • He performed as Scrooge every Christmas from 1988 to 1996.
  • After Star Trek, he has continued to work both on stage and screen, in various roles ranging from Othello and Captain Ahab (Moby Dick) to roles in Conspiracy Theory and X-Men.
Here is a link to a great review of his audio version of A Christmas Carol (which I also own, and highly recommend to anyone who enjoys audio books.) The language of Dickens combined with the voice and acting of Stewart is simply a must-hear.

1 comment:

Nancy said...

For some reason, I'm a sucker for the "American Christmas Carol" with Henry Winkler. Oh, and Scrooged, which is a classic.