STAR TREK star Patrick Stewart was so worried about returning to the London stage following a 17-year gap, he thought he would be considered a "prehistoric creature".

The 64-year-old actor has been rehearsing David Mamet play A LIFE IN THE THEATRE, which opens in the British capital's West End district next week (begs24JAN05), and was concerned his acting techniques would be out of date.

He says, "It's so long since I've been a regular stage actor. I don't want to appear like some prehistoric creature.

"After 17 years away, working so much in film, I had to make sure I still knew how to do it, that nothing too much had changed or moved on."

But Stewart was pleasantly surprised to discover talent still counts.

He says, "Good acting is still good acting, plain and simple. That, anyway, is a relief."

21/01/2005 20:10