Cunard takes Shakespeare to the high seas with the Royal Shakespeare Company
By Claire Benktander | 13 Jan 2022
Cunard will be taking Shakespeare to the high seas in 2022 as it partners with the Royal Shakespeare Company to bring world-class theatre to its transatlantic stage.
Available exclusively on board Queen Mary 2, guests will enjoy tailored theatrical performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), which creates captivating theatre by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and other literary legends past and present.
The performances will be available for all guests on board, including a unique blend of Shakespeare’s iconic love scenes in a brand-new piece called Boundless as the Sea.
Guests will also have the opportunity to see critically-acclaimed new work from the RSC with Miss Littlewood, a musical by Sam Kenyon exploring the life of one of theatre’s most playful and radical figures. For those interested in learning what it takes to be an RSC actor, the on-board cast will also be leading a series of workshops.
Guests will also be able to access ‘Shakespeare Tales’ – intimate, informal events where actors will perform their personal favourite sonnets and speeches and answer questions from the audience.
Vice President, Brand and Product at Cunard, Lee Powell, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Royal Shakespeare Company on board our flagship, Queen Mary 2.
“To be able to offer our guests access to unique performances by world leaders in both contemporary theatre and Shakespeare’s finest work is an extraordinary opportunity which I know our guests will fully immerse themselves in.”
Erica Whyman, RSC Acting Artistic Director, added: “We are thrilled to be working with Cunard to bring our performances to the guests of Queen Mary 2 together with unique opportunities to get close to working theatre artists and learn more about our house playwright.
“The RSC ignites imaginations and expands horizons, and Shakespeare’s plays allow us to imagine new and remarkable worlds, so this partnership has a perfect synergy.
“Boundless as the Sea, which is what Juliet calls her love for Romeo, will be a heart-warming taster of all the ways Shakespeare explores love and romance, and we are also very pleased to be presenting a version of the joyous, quirky and toe-tapping Miss Littlewood.
“This is an exciting new venture for us, and we look forward very much to meeting new audiences on board.”
In addition, Queen Mary 2 will host a touring exhibition, where guests will use devices to experience scenes from his plays come to life. Some of the RSC’s most popular productions in recent years including Hamlet, Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
The three-year partnership will begin on 29 May until 12 August 2022 and then again from 15 September to 13 November 2022 and will offer this bespoke programme exclusively to Cunard guests on Queen Mary 2 throughout these two periods.
For more information about Cunard’s transatlantic crossings visit www.cunard.com/en-gb.