William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek TV series, will be live on stage at Prague’s Forum Karlín on March 15, 2020. Tickets are available over the Ticketportal network.
The veteran actor will be present for a talk about his career and a Q&A after a screening of the 1982 sci-fi film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The show has toured in North America, but will be coming to Europe for the first time. Aside from Prague, there will be dates in Scotland, Ireland, Germany, England and Wales.
“Set your phasers on stun! Prepare to be beamed up for an unforgettable night with William Shatner live on stage,” the tour website states. After the film, Shatner will share behind the scenes stories from the series and films, as well as from across his career as an actor, producer, director and writer. Fans will then get a chance to ask questions.
Shatner, now 88 years old, played Captain Kirk in three seasons of the original series (TOS) of Star Trek from 1966 to ’69, and lent his voice to the much maligned animated series that ran 1973–74. The original cast came to the big screen for six films released between 1979 and ’91, with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan generally being considered the best of the bunch.
Shanter and some TOS cast members also appeared in the 1994 film Star Trek Generations, to symbolically pass the torch to the Next Generation cast, led by Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard.
In 2012, Shatner did a one-man show on Broadway called Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It, in which he told stories from across his career, including not only Star Trek but also the shows T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, The Practice and Boston Legal. The show later traveled to several cities in the US.
He delved into other aspects of his life as well such as his life-long love of horses and wine, authoring the TekWar sci-fi novels, and his charity work.
Recently, the Canadian-born actor launched a new TV series called UnXplained on the History Channel, which looks at mysterious places. Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock on TOS, was involved in a similar show, Ancient Mysteries, which ran 1994–97 on the A&E network. Nimoy passed away in 2015.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a continuation of the TOS episode “Space Seed.” Actor Ricardo Montalbán reprised his role as Khan Noonien Singh, who was involved in a conflict on Earth before going into space in suspended animation. The original episode left him in exile on a hostile planet. the Wrath of Khan tells of his efforts to get revenge against Kirk and his crew. The film is notable for its early use of computer generated graphics.
The film set a record for an opening weekend at the time, taking in $14.3 million in 1,621 theaters, which was more than its modest production budget of $11 million.
Critics such as Pauline Kael of the New Yorker, Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune and Janet Maslin of the New York Times praised the film. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times was a bit less enthusiastic.