William Shatner Live on Stage, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall ****
When a fan whose pre-submitted question was read out tried to get his attention by shouting from the balcony “I’m up here”, Shatner shot back, “I don’t care!” — to the delight of the crowd; and whatever was thrown at him, he segued into the anecdotes he wanted to tell without making the evening seem too rehearsed. Those anecdotes ranged from behind-the-scenes Star Trek stories and his fondness for pranking his co-stars, to his complex relationship with Leonard Nimoy and his early days treading the boards doing Shakespeare.
His phasers, however, weren’t set to stun when it came to his interlocutor, former Scotland international rugby star turned broadcaster John Beattie. After catching him rifling through his notes in the middle of an anecdote, Shatner mocked him every chance he got. It was excruciating yet hilarious, a pointed reminder that there was only room for one star on that stage.