Oct 22, 2013
By Jane Brown
William Shatner is the newest recipient of the Stratford Festival’s prestigious Legacy Award. The 82 year old Canadian acting legend told a gala audience at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto last night about his early acting days at the Stratford Theatre Company. Shatner recalled the time he had to go onstage as the understudy for Christopher Plummer’s “Henry the Fifth” back in 1956. “I blundered my way through it and the whole cast on the thrust stage all turned and applauded, and the audience rose and they applauded, and it was a magical time. I look back on that and I think, I would never do that now. Are you kidding me?” he joked. Shatner also said he’s not yet a legend, but rather “a legend in the making.”
Shatner was a member of the Stratford Festival Company for three seasons, beginning in 1954. Those were the days before his breakthrough role as Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek.