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November 22, 2014

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Patrick Stewart Talks About 'Hamlet,' 'Macbeth' and His IT Guy... Wil Wheaton

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 20th 2010 2:02PM
Sir Patrick StewartMost people know the recently-knighted Patrick Stewart from his movie and TV roles, many of which are of the sci fi / fantasy variety. Of course, there's Jean-Luc Picard of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' but there's also Charles Xavier in the 'X-Men' series and the voice of Avery Bullock on 'American Dad.'

But back in his native England, Sir Patrick is just as well known for his Shakespearean work, both on-stage and on the screen. Some of that work will be on display on April 28, when he reprises the role of Claudius (he first played the role on TV 30 years ago) in PBS's production of 'Hamlet' on 'Great Performances.' As Nick mentioned yesterday, the production, with David Tennant in the title role, mixes the classic dialogue with modern dress and settings to give the play a more contemporary feel.

Stewart will also perform in the title role of 'Macbeth' for a similarly-staged production airing on PBS later this year. I sat down with Sir Patrick in January, when he presented at the TCAs; we spoke about the two productions, what his classic training brought to his 'Star Trek' role, his guest turn on 'Extras' and how his first ever IT guy was none other than Wil Wheaton.

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The Simpsons do Macbeth

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 22nd 2006 8:48PM
Homer SimpsonModern-day animated comedy. Elizabethan stage tragedy. Two great tastes that taste great together? Directors just love to "update" Shakespeare so why not let actor Rick Miller transport the Bard's Scotland to Matt Groening's Springfield? "Is this a doughnut which I see before me?"

Miller's MacHomer is a one-man, staged version of Macbeth employing over 50 character voices from The Simpsons. Homer and Marge are recast as MacHomer and Lady MacHomer. Mr. Burns is King Duncan. Krusty is the Porter, and Bart is transformed into Fleance, Banquo's son and the prophesized threat to Macbeth's throne.

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