Cunard has partnered with The Royal Shakespeare Company to bring Shakespeare to the high seas in 2022.
Starting in May, passengers sailing on Queen Mary 2 will be able to enjoy tailored theatrical performances by the company, including a new piece called Boundless as the Sea — a unique blend of Shakespeare’s iconic love scenes created by Owen Horsley from Shakespeare’s plays.
Transatlantic cruise guests will also be able to experience The Royal Shakespeare Company’s new work through an abridged version of its 2018 production of Miss Littlewood, a musical by Sam Kenyon exploring the life of one of theater’s most radical figures, Joan Littlewood.
The on board cast will lead a series of workshops that explore theater acting, as well as “Shakespeare Tales” — intimate, informal events where actors will perform their personal favorite sonnets and speeches and answer questions from the audience.
Queen Mary 2 will also play host to a touring exhibition: “Digital Diorama: An Augmented Journey Through Shakespeare’s Stratford.” Guests will use devices to experience play scenes come to life before their eyes.
Some of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s most popular productions in recent years, such as Hamlet, Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and As You Like It will also be screened in Cunard’s on board movie theater.
“We are delighted to welcome the Royal Shakespeare Company on board our flagship, Queen Mary 2,” said Lee Powell, Vice President of Brand and Product at Cunard. “To be able to offer our guests access to 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.”
The three year partnership will begin on May 29, and its initial run will go through August 12, 2022. Then, there will be a second run on September 15, 2022 through November 13, 2022. On voyages during these periods, guests will be able to experience either Boundless as the Seas or Miss Littlewood.
Dates for future years will be announced at a later time.