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Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

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First broadcast: Sun 17 Apr 2005

Star Trek actor

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the actor Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart had to wait a long time for fame. The Shakespearean actor was nearly 50 when he was offered the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Contrary to predictions, the programme was a huge hit, and Patrick Stewart's famously bald cranium was on posters, duvet covers and Star Trek memorabilia the world over. Patrick was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, a town with a passion for amateur dramatics. The youngest of three brothers, he grew up watching performances by the all-female drama company to which his mother belonged. After a disastrous stint as a reporter, Patrick went on to work in repertory theatre around Britain, and then to a successful career with the RSC, during which he won an Olivier Awardfor his portrayal of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. After seven series at the helm of the Starship Enterprise, he has returned to Britain and to his first love, the theatre. He is currently appearing in David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre in London's West End.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Benjamin Britten

1.

Castaway's favourite

Benjamin Britten

Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Soloist: Peter Pears Orchestra: Boyd Neel String Orchestra Conductor: B. Britten

Others who chose this artist

Leonard Bernstein

2.

Leonard Bernstein

On the Waterfront Suite

Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

Others who chose this artist

William Parry

3.

William Parry

Everybody's Got the Right

Hector Berlioz

4.

Hector Berlioz

Nuit d'ivresse et d'extase infinie (from The Trojans)

Soloist: Jon Vickers Conductor: Sir Colin Davis Orchestra: The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Others who chose this artist

Tom Lehrer

5.

Tom Lehrer

So Long, Mom (A Song for World War III)

Others who chose this artist

Randy Newman

7.

Randy Newman

Love Story (You and Me)

Others who chose this artist

Brent Spiner

8.

Brent Spiner

It's a Sin to Tell a Lie

Others who chose this artist

Book

A compendium of the world's best science fiction by

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

His beloved billiard table and a shed to keep it in

Others who chose a similar luxury

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