March 2001
Why Stewart will always return to the theatre
National Press Club The Minneapolis Star Tribune have posted a very interesting article written by Patrick in which he reveals why the theatre creates such a powerful bond between actors and audience, and why television and film can never offer that unique experience. 

The article is taken partly from a speech he gave on 4 Dec 1997 to the National Press Club in Washington D.C. whilst there for 'Othello' at the Shakespeare Theatre. You can purchase an audio tape of that 1 hour NPC talk from Federal News Service at 1-888-343-1940

Thanks to Marie 

UK TV schedules to April 5
Star Trek:Insurrection Star Trek : Insurrection is due to be shown on Sky Premier Widescreen on Thurs. 5th April at 6 pm.

Sky are showing John Boorman's Excalibur on Wed. 28 March @ 10 pm. on Sky Cinema 1 and then on 8 March @ 9 pm. on Sky Cinema 2. 

FYI: Stewart's daughter in the film - Guenevere - is played by Cherie Lunghi who also starred with him in 'A Canterville Ghost'.  Anyone else remember her as the female manager of a soccer team in the rather good 1980's TV series called 'The Manager' ?....

News of 'Lear' project
Lear Patrick's next project - an update of Shakespeare's King Lear for TNT will begin production in Mexico on April 19 under the new title 'King of Texas'. This version will not use Shakespeare's text but has been adapted by writer Stephen Harrigan and is set in 1840's Texas.
Read more about this story at Yahoo News and

Thanks to Karen Rourk, and Aline Davis once more...

Bid for charity
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America If you would like a GAP reversible down vest, personally signed by Patrick Stewart you can bid for this the item at Ebay and help raise funds for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America - however don't delay as the auction ends on 21 March.

Thanks to Manda Buttitta of CCFA.

Preparing for 'Johnson'
JB Priestley by Judith Cook If like me you want to find out more about J.B.Priestley and his play 'Johnson over Jordan' which Patrick will be starring in this Autumn at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, I can highly recommend the biography by Judith Cook.

It's a fascinating insight in to the man and his career not only as a novelist and playwright, but a screenwriter, biographer, critic and essayist.

UK high street discount bookstore 'The Works' have the hardback version (normally £22.50) for the bargain price of £4.99 Alternatively Amazon have the paperback for £7.19

UK TV schedules to March 29
Moby Dick The Hallmark channel are showing the multi award winning television version of Moby Dick starring Stewart as the obsessed captain Ahab on Sat. 24 and Sun. 25 at 6pm.

TNT have an excellent web site devoted to the production with video clips, interviews with cast & crew, and background information on the classic novel.

FYI: Gregory Peck who appears as Father Maple in this 1998 production not only played Capt. Ahab in the John Huston 1956 film but was originally intended to play the main role of Lear in Stewart's 'King of Texas' but decided to finally retire from acting last year.

Carlton Cinema are also repeating Masterminds on Sun. 29 @ 11 pm.

Radio interview plus another review
Minnesota Public Radio
Stewart Interview on MPR
Thank goodness for internet radio broadcasts. For those of us unable to plough through the snow to Minneapolis to see Stewart in the current production at the Guthrie Theater, at least we can listen to him talking on Minnesota Public Radio's Mid Morning Show about 'Woolf' and his long career as an actor.

Here's another excellent review of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf:

Once again a big thank you to Karen Rourk
....even more 'Woolf' articles
George and Martha Thanks to those eagle-eyed Stewart fans listed below for spotting these reviews and articles on the web: Thanks to:
Catherine Harding, Deb Stone and 'stalwarts' Aline, Sue and Karen.
More 'Woolf' articles and reviews
George and Martha Here are the latest reviews and articles appearing online for the new production at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Thanks to Sue and Karen 
X-Men on sale in UK on Monday
X-Men So finally it's here - the video and DVD of 'X-Men' is on sale in the UK tomorrow - Monday 12 March. Judging by several on-line retail sites it's already topping the chart of pre-release orders.

The DVD edition is well worth the money with excellent Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, great picture quality and interactive menus plus lots of extra features including several 'cut scenes' which can be restored into the film or viewed separately. Well done Fox. About time Paramount offered the same with the Trek DVD releases....

X-Men grossed £15m at the UK box office last year - 8th place for UK cinema takings. 

UK TV schedules to March 23
Th Canterville Ghost The final episode (12) of I, Claudius is repeated on UK Drama on Fri. 16th @ 01:10 / Sun. 18th @ 22:50 and Mon. 19th @ 04:00

Hallmark are showing the excellent adaptation of the Oscar Wilde short story The Canterville Ghost on  Fri. 16th @ 19:00 and Sat. 17th @ 04:00

Stewart is in fine form as the 400 year old ghost - Sir Simon De Canterville - who is cursed to remain in a cell by day and haunt Canterville Hall by night.

The production boasts a fine supporting cast of UK and US actors including Neve Campbell, Cheri Lunghi, Donald Sinden and Joan Sims.

News and review of 'Woolf'
Guthrie Theater web site The Minneapolis Star Tribune have the first review of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' published online.

Meanwhile the nice folk over at Minnesota Public Radio have audio interviews with Patrick, Mercedes Ruehl and director David Esbjornson, plus a slideshow of rehearsals for the newly open play.

Anyone in the Minnesota area looking for an in depth discussion of the play may want to attend "A Psychoanalytic Exploration of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", a post lunch event featuring Stewart and Joe Dowling - artistic director of the Guthrie Theater. 
The discussion takes place on Friday 9 March @ 1:30 pm, tickets are $100.

A Wizard of a time this Christmas
West Yorkshire Playhouse According to the Independent newspaper (28 Feb.) not only will Patrick be appearing in J.B. Priestley's 'Johnson Over Jordan' at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds this Autumn, but thanks to a 'virtual performance' on film he'll also appear as the wizard in the playhouse production of  'The Wizard of Oz' around Christmas time.

Thanks to Karen Rourk once more.

UK TV schedules to March 15 
Masterminds I, Claudius draws towards its conclusion on UK Drama as follows:
  • Episode 10 - Fri. 9th @ 01:20 / Sun. 11th @ 23:05 / Mon. 12th @ 03:15
  • Episode 11 - Fri. 9th @ 02:20 / Mon. 12th @ 00:15 / Mon. 12th @ 04:15
  • Episode 12 - Thurs. 15th @ 21:00
Carlton Cinema are showing Masterminds on Sun. 11th @ 11 pm.