Cunard has partnered with theater producer David Pugh to bring stage shows to its new ship, Queen Anne. The West End and Broadway producer will work with the luxury cruise line’s creative team to launch two stage shows during the ship’s inaugural season.
The collaboration will kick off with an adapted production of Noël Coward’s “Brief Encounter” directed by Emma Rice. The show will debut in the Royal Court Theatre during Queen Anne’s inaugural voyage.
Pugh’s second Queen Anne production is yet to be announced, with the producer remaining tight-lipped on whether travelers can expect a classic title or a modern marvel. He said: “I am delighted that Cunard’s new ship Queen Anne will play host to ‘Brief Encounter,’ which is one of my favorite West End productions that I have ever produced. It is an immense privilege to be involved with this project and I am so excited to bring the joy of live performance to the high seas. The second show is still in development, but I can guarantee it will be every bit as special as guests expect.”
Throughout its inaugural season, Queen Anne will sail from Southampton on itineraries to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, the Canary Islands and the Norwegian fjords, visiting more than 60 destinations in 16 countries.
Queen Anne will set sail on May 3 for its seven-night inaugural voyage to La Coruna and Lisbon. Then the ship will depart on a 14-night voyage in the Canary Islands before traveling around the British Isles, visiting Scotland and Ireland, as well as Cunard’s founding home port, Liverpool.