Day Out: Patrick Stewart

'I've been living in Los Angeles for seven years, and in that time I have found that it is the landscape and particularly the complex quality of light which goes with it that I most miss about England. I remember a few years ago I was driving along a freeway and the classical music station began playing Elgar. I found myself weeping so profusely that I had to pull over and park the car. The music had potently conjured up an English landscape which was in complete contrast to what I was experiencing at that moment. As a Yorkshireman an ideal day out would have to include a walk in the Yorkshire dales, looking across the hills and watching the light change.

THEATRE / Personal voyage: Paul Taylor reviews Patrick Stewart's one-man A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic

Face puce with the strain of it, blurry eyes bulging, the man heaves forth a series of volcanic choking sounds, 'yerhung . . . yerhung . . . yerhung . . .': it could be a beginner's first anxious steps towards mastering Japanese, if the procedure didn't look so much like someone trying to give oral birth to a bouncing baby elephant. Then, suddenly, throwing his head back in triumph, the man is delivered of a long, loud laugh. Not one for the record books, true, but, 'Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years, it was a splendid laugh, a most illustrious laugh.'

THEATRE / The final frontier: Kevin Jackson talks to Patrick Stewart, better known as commander of the Starship Enterprise, about his Christmas Carol at the Old Vic

Bold and fantastical as his imagination was, Charles Dickens's visions of Christmases future surely never encompassed the prospect of a Star Fleet Captain performing one of his novellas at the Old Vic. One hundred and fifty years to the month after its first publication, however, the latest incarnation of A Christmas Carol has landed on the London stage as a one-man vehicle for Patrick Stewart, once well known to British theatregoers for his interpretations of Shylock, Enobarbus, Leontes, Cassius and Launce with the RSC, now internationally famous as Jean-Luc Picard, commander of the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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