In partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

All the world’s a stage… even the mid-Atlantic.

Unpat'd waters, undream'd shores.

From May 2022 Cunard and the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) partnership will take the power of Shakespeare to Queen Mary 2 where guests will be able to enjoy exclusive theatrical scenes. A brand-new piece has been created exclusively for our on board programme called Boundless as the Sea. Created by Owen Horsley, this will be a unique blend of Shakespeare’s iconic love scenes.

Guests will also be able to experience an abridged version of the RSC's acclaimed 2018 production of Miss Littlewood. This musical by Sam Kenyon explores the life of Joan Littlewood, one of theatre’s most radical figures. Some of the Company’s most popular productions, including their 2016 version of Hamlet, starring Paapa Essiedu, will screen in the cinema and be available in staterooms.

Photo by Topher McGrillis © RSC

Intimate insights into an actor’s craft.

For guests who are interested in learning what it takes to be an RSC actor, the cast will be leading a series of workshops that explore their craft. Guests may also enjoy ‘Shakespeare Tales’, intimate, informal events where the actors will perform their personal favourite sonnets and speeches, and invite questions from the audience about their selections.

Photo by Topher McGrillis © RSC

Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon.

The RSC pushes the boundaries of theatre-making and creates new experiences which reach audiences in new ways. Cunard guests can experience a taste of this innovation as Queen Mary 2 will host a touring exhibition, ‘Digital Diorama: An Augmented Journey Through Shakespeare’s Stratford’. This will imagine what a young Shakespeare may have seen while growing up in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Guests will use devices to see scenes from his plays come to life, featuring some of the RSC’s most illustrious alumni.

Photo by Louise Holgate © RSC

Page header image by Sam Allard © RSC.

Experience the RSC on board Queen Mary 2.

Cunard guests can see special performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company in the stunning Royal Court Theatre and other venues on flagship Queen Mary 2, in two series of sailings between 29 May - 12 August and 15 September - 13 November 2022. Future series of sailings for 2023 will be announced at a later date.

About the RSC .

On land, the RSC is committed to creating extraordinary theatre experiences inspired by Shakespeare’s plays in Stratford-upon-Avon, in London, around the world and online.