Cunard Inks Partnership with Royal Shakespeare Company

Royal Shakespeare Company performing the original 2018 production of Miss Littlewood, a musical by Sam Kenyon
Royal Shakespeare Company performing the original 2018 production of Miss Littlewood, a musical by Sam Kenyon

Cunard has partnered with The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) to bring the work of the famous playwright to the seas, exclusively available on board Queen Mary II. The 3-year partnership will run from 29MAY until 12AUG 2022 and then again from 15SEP to 13NOV 2022.

Lee Powell, Vice President, Brand and Product at Cunard, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Royal Shakespeare Company on board our flagship, Queen Mary II. 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.”

Guests will be able to enjoy theatrical performances by the RSC, including a new piece called Boundless as the Sea, a blend of Shakespeare’s iconic love scenes created by Owen Horsley from Shakespeare’s plays. Passengers travelling on a transatlantic crossing will also be able to experience the RSC’s new work through an abridged version of its 2018 production of Miss Littlewood, a musical by Sam Kenyon exploring the life of Joan Littlewood, an iconic figure of theatre.


For those interested in learning what it takes to be an RSC actor, the on board cast will lead a series of workshops that explore their craft. Guests will also be able to access ‘Shakespeare Tales,’ informal events where the actors will perform their personal favourite sonnets and speeches, and answer questions from the audience.

In addition, Queen Mary II will host a touring exhibition, ‘Digital Diorama: An Augmented Journey Through Shakespeare’s Stratford.’ Guests will use devices to experience scenes from his plays come to life. In addition, some of the RSC’s most popular productions in recent years including Hamlet, Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor and As You Like it will also be screened in Cunard’s on board cinema, Illuminations.

Guests will experience either Boundless as the Sea or Miss Littlewood on each featured voyage. Dates for future years to be announced at a later date, according to RSC and Cunard.

Erica Whyman, RSC Acting Artistic Director, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Cunard to bring our performances to the guests of Queen Mary II together with unique opportunities to get close to working theatre artists and learn more about our house playwright…This is an exciting new venture for us, and we look forward very much to meeting new audiences on board.”

For more information, visit Cunard’s web site.

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