William Shatner is, if the term still applies, a bit of a Renaissance man – at least, in the world of entertainment. He started out as a classical Shakespeare actor at the Stratford festival, made a name portraying Captain Kirk in Star Trek, and has since then starred in a wide variety of television shows, from dramedies to cop shows. He’s written both memoirs and fiction (including several books about his own character, James T. Kirk), recorded music, directed movies, done convention appearances – and that’s not to mention his charity work, his horseback riding, his livetweeting, and his plans to participate in The Greatest Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.
In short, he’s done a little bit of everything. Like the character he made famous, James T. Kirk, who lived for new adventures and new experiences, Shatner’s life has been a plethora of new experiences and discoveries, which have spanned decades as television, technology, and entertainment have changed and transformed.
And, to add to the already venerable list of performances, Mr. Shatner has brought all of those experiences together into a one-man show called Shatner’s World. It toured the nation, and is now coming to movie theatres nationwide, broadcast by Fathom Events this Thursday.
Billed as a “larger than life voyage through William Shatner’s Life and Career,” it sounds like just that – an adventure in which Mr. Shatner captains a voyage to where he has gone before (pardon the terrible cliché, I had to use it), exploring his beginnings as an actor, his rise to fame in Star Trek, and the roller-coaster ride of his career since then (from living out of his truck when Star Trek was cancelled to winning several Emmys for his work on Boston Legal).
It may very well be that the most popular character in Star Trek’s original series is Mr. Spock – and that Shatner long felt overshadowed by his colleague Leonard Nimoy as the Original Series aired. But let’s not forget about the youngest captain in Starfleet history, James T. Kirk, and the man who made him famous.
Shatner’s World will be broadcast to movie theatres nationwide at 7:30 p.m. local time, Thursday, April 24. Find out more, or purchase tickets to your local theatre, here.