One of the most famous ships in history, Queen Mary 2 is set to sail with a new program that will feature world-class Shakespeare performances during its European and North American cruises.
The Royal Shakespeare Company has teamed with Cunard to bring Shakespeare to the high seas in 2022.
Passengers aboard the Queen Mary 2 will be able to experience customised theatrical performances by the group beginning in May, including a new work called Boundless as the Sea, which is a unique combination of Shakespeare’s legendary love moments developed by Owen Horsley from Shakespeare’s plays.
2nd Queen Mary (Photo courtesy of Cunard)
Guests on transatlantic cruises will also be able to see The Royal Shakespeare Company’s new work via a shortened version of the company’s 2018 production of Miss Littlewood, a musical by Sam Kenyon on the life of Joan Littlewood, one of theater’s most radical individuals.
The onboard cast will offer a series of seminars focusing on theatrical acting, as well as “Shakespeare Tales,” which are private, casual events in which performers play their own favorite sonnets and speeches while answering audience questions.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s workshop (Photo courtesy of RSC)
“Digital Diorama: An Augmented Journey Through Shakespeare’s Stratford” will be a travelling display at the Queen Mary 2. Guests will utilize gadgets to interact with play scenarios that will come to life in front of their eyes.
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In Cunard’s on board movie theater, some of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s most popular recent performances, such as Hamlet, Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and As You Like It, will be presented.
Cunard Vice President of Brand and Product Lee Powell remarked, “We are pleased to host the Royal Shakespeare Company on board our flagship, Queen Mary 2.” “Being able to provide our visitors with access to performances by global leaders in both current theatre and Shakespeare’s best work is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I am certain they will thoroughly embrace.”
Miss Littlewood takes a shot. (Photo courtesy of the Royal Society of Chemistry)
The three-year agreement will get up on May 29 and will last through August 12, 2022. Then, from September 15, 2022 to November 13, 2022, there will be a second run. Guests may choose between Boundless as the Seas and Miss Littlewood on cruises during these times.
Future years’ dates will be revealed at a later date.
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