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Shakespeare at sea: Cunard brings world-class theatre to its transatlantic stage

Cunard will be taking Shakespeare and new work to the high seas in 2022, as it joins forces in a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

Cunard will be taking Shakespeare and new work to the high seas in 2022, as it joins forces in a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

Cunard is bringing Shakespeare to the high seas thanks to a groundbreaking new partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Available exclusively on board Queen Mary 2, guests will enjoy tailored theatrical performances by the 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 Cunard’s flagship, including a unique blend of Shakespeare’s iconic love scenes in a brand-new piece called Boundless as the Sea, created by Owen Horsley.

The Cruise Line says 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, making its transatlantic debut.

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Boundless as the Sea, created by Owen Horsley.

For those interested in learning what it takes to be an RSC actor, the on board cast will be leading a series of workshops that explore their craft.

Guests will also be able to access ‘Shakespeare Tales’, intimate, informal events where the actors will perform their personal favourite sonnets and speeches, and answer questions from the audience.

“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,” said Lee Powell, Vice President, Brand and Product at Cunard.

In addition, Queen Mary 2 will host a touring exhibition, ‘Digital Diorama: An Augmented Journey Through Shakespeare’s Stratford’, where guests will use devices to experience scenes from his plays come to life before their eyes.

The 3-year partnership will begin on 29 May until 12 August 2022 and then again from 15 September to 13 November 2022.

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