The one and only William Shatner will be in London next month to lend a helping hand to the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation.
Shatner will be coming to the St. Joseph’s Tribute Dinner at the London Convention Centre on Tuesday, October 18th. Tickets, which run $250 per person, are nearly 80% sold as of Wednesday afternoon.
Shatner will perform his wildly successful one-man Broadway presentation Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It.
“The show’s very funny, there’s a lot of laughter and at the end of the evening there’s this enthusiasm,” Shatner explained on The Andrew Lawton Show on AM980.
“I have connected with the audience the way you and I are connecting now, there becomes an intimacy and they’re there and I’m there and it’s a very moving experience but it’s a very funny show. I’m urging people to come.”
Guests of the event will experience Shatner’s path from classically trained Shakespearean actor at the Stratford Festival to an internationally celebrated cultural icon.
During Wednesday’s interview, Shatner was also asked about his impressive resume and what keeps the 85-year-old from retiring.
“I’m continuing to perform in various ways, trying to entertain people as recently as right now,” he joked.
“Retire to what? Isn’t it sad! I mean, imagine you, interviewing people, sitting there drinking your coffee, exploring people’s minds, and if you were asked to retire, you’d say ‘wait a minute, I’ll sit on a porch and talk to people only it won’t be recorded’.”
The announcement that Shatner will perform at this year’s Tribute Dinner comes exactly one day before Star Trek will mark 50 years since Star Trek debuted.
“It’s a phenomenon in the true sense of the word. It never happened before, it can’t possibly happen again in our lifetime, we won’t be around 50 years from now – at least I won’t. And, it’s a great celebration. Imagine a show, you and I are talking about a show that went on 50 years ago and here I am still talking about it. It’s remarkable.”
In addition to Shatner’s performance, this year’s event will also showcase “new frontiers” in medical research that are changing the future of health care in London.
“As the first Canadian hospital to produce magnetic resonance (MRI) images and the first to have a whole body PET/MRI scanner in Canada, St. Joseph’s has lived Captain Kirk’s moniker to boldly go where no man has gone before,” says Michelle Campbell, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation.
The Tribute Dinner is an annual fundraising event that supports St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Past speakers include Howie Mandel and Chris Hadfield.