The Greatest Showman

Queen Mary 2 hosts The Greatest Showman premiere.
In partnership with the holiday, movie musical The Greatest Showman, our flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 hosted the first-ever floating, movie premiere. On December 8 2017, we rolled out the red carpet for the global premiere of The Greatest Showman and its a-list stars.
  • Onboard premiere.
  • Official trailer.

With luminaries from Elizabeth Taylor and Rita Hayworth to Wes Anderson and Tilda Swinton having sailed on her line, Cunard has a long history of hosting celebrities and exclusive events on board. Sting performed songs in Queen Mary 2’s Royal Court Theatre, Carly Simon filmed her Moonlight Serenade DVD on board, and both Francis Ford Coppola and Ed Sheeran sailed recently to work on their craft while at sea.


The film premiere took place while the ship was docked in her US homeport of Brooklyn, New York.

The Greatest Showman is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

P.T. Barnum sailed multiple times on various Cunard ships to cross the Atlantic between New York and England. His most notable voyage was in 1850, when he invited legendary opera singer Jenny Lind (the Swedish Nightingale) to join him in America as part of his show. They sailed into New York on Cunard’s Cambria with almost 40,000 fans greeting them at the docks.

The Greatest Showman is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land) and starring Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman. Jackman is joined by Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson. The Greatest Showman hits US theaters on 20 December, 2017 and cinemas in the UK on 5 January, 2018.

From the red carpet.
The Greatest Showman official trailer.