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. Each week guests will witness one of two fantastic shows.

The first is a brand-new piece 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.

The second is 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

Experience the RSC on board Queen Mary 2

RSC will be returning to Queen Mary 2 this year with an enhanced programme of both theatre productions and workshops.

There will be an offering of two matinee or evening theatre performances - Boundless as the Sea and Miss Littlewood - as well as a host of extra workshops, an enriched selection of 'Shakespeare Tales' and talks, a behind-the-scenes insight into RSC's approach and preparation for a performance and readings of Shakespeare's sonnets, film screenings and more.

Page header image by Sam Allard © RSC.

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.