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Is there a theatre on board?

Yes, there’s a Royal Court Theatre on board each of our ships.

Queen Anne - The theatre is located forward on decks 2 and 3.

Queen Victoria – The theatre is located forward on decks 1, 2 and 3 with a capacity of 865. 

Queen Elizabeth – The theatre is located forward on decks 1, 2 and 3 with a capacity of 861. 

Queen Mary 2 – The theatre is located forward on decks 2 and 3 with a capacity of 1094 seats. 

 

For information about accessibility / wheelchair spaces, please click here.

Performances

  • During a typical 14 night voyage, guests will have the opportunity to see up to six Cabaret performers and up to five Production Shows. All shows are played twice on the same evening, usually at 20:00 and 22:00, once for the first dinner sitting and once for the second dinner sitting.
  • Full details of the acts, shows and performances will be made available once on board via the Daily Programme.
  • If guests are travelling on a back to back voyage i.e: Southampton to New York and then New York to Southampton, the productions and Guest Speakers are alternated so guests should have the option to see different productions on each voyage.
  • There is no set opening time for the theatre, it will open for individual events which can vary day to day. Please see the Daily Programme, for entertainment events and times. 
  • Children under the age of thirteen must be accompanied by a parent/carer in the theatre during show times. Unescorted children will not be permitted to enter the theatre.
  • Please also see What entertainment and activities are available on board? for more details on the type of activities you will find on board. 

Introducing Cunard Showcases

With unexpected theatre like nothing else at sea, guests can find themselves transported into another world again and again, with Cunard Showcases…

Taking place in the Royal Court Theatre and around Cunard's ships, we call it "Cunard Showcases" because that’s exactly what it is: a celebration of live performance, showcased through extraordinary experiences. We like to immerse guests in the action, with our ships setting the stage for some of the most unique productions at sea. On selected voyages, guests can find performances of a more intimate nature, delivered in places they probably wouldn’t expect. 

Cunard Showcases:

Queen Elizabeth
  • Cluedo! The Interactive Game (Q311) - Step into the world of 1930s high society, with this exciting interactive theatre production "Cluedo! The Interactive Game". Guests invited to Dr Black's opulent soiree where wine and secrets flow freely and tensions turn to murder after the death of the host spurs an investigation into the secret lives and motives of the party’s peculiar guests. Our Queen Elizabeth Royal Court Theatre cast will join the company, in the roles of additional Cluedo characters. A jazz swing quartet comprising our on board musicians will also accompany the show.
  • An Evening of Sondheim (Q330A and Q330B) - Join rising star Ellie Nunn for an evening of songs and stories celebrating the work of a genius (Sondheim, not Ellie) and fall in love with this haplessly romantic Brit who has too much time on her hands, a tendency to speak in the third person, and a lot of love to give where Stephen is concerned. There won’t be trumpets, there might be sock puppets… Performed with our in-house pianist, in the intimacy of a Cunard lounge. Ellie Nunn will also be offering an evening of musical theatre in the Queens Room with our in house big band.
  • Opera Cocktail (Q330B to Q331A) - Olivier award winning OperaUpClose presents Opera Cocktail, exclusively on board Queen Elizabeth. We make opera with and for everyone, bringing great musical storytelling to audiences everywhere. Join us for a heady contemporary cocktail of music and words. Well-loved classics shaken with wit, stirred with drama, and served with a twist of menage a trois. Sparkling English versions of music by Puccini, Mozart, Verdi, Gilbert & Sullivan & more performed, in new arrangements, by the UK’s brightest opera stars alongside piano and cello. OperaUpClose is proud to be the only resident opera company in the South West, based at the dynamic cultural hub MAST, Southampton.
  • Classic! (Q331A and Q331B) - Hold onto your hats! A cast of six romp through all those classic novels you never had time to read. In 60 minutes and multiple costume changes, the company race you from Wuthering Heights to Moby Dick, told at lightning speed… Expect the unexpected! No previous literary experience required. A thrilling script by Coronation St writers Lindsay Williams & Peter Kerry and direction by Joyce Branagh (seen in the film Belfast, directed by brother Kenneth) this brilliantly funny show is for everyone.
  • Company Chameleon (Q331B to Q332A) - Company Chameleon presents a double bill of two performances, which showcase Chameleon’s powerful and original dance style, influenced by rich mix of movement techniques. "Push" is an engaging male duet, which explores the complex nature of our psychology and the different stances we take to understand and relate to one another. "Of Man And Beast" provides a powerful and sensitive look at male dynamics and behaviour, uncovering the many faces of masculinity. "Umbra", a surprise third performance, explores what we hide and what we reveal, and how behaviour changes depending on who we are with. 
  • Black Is The Color of My Voice & Soul Sessions (Q332A and Q332B) - Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, and featuring many of her most iconic songs performed live.
Queen Victoria
  • Murdér at Sea: The Jewel of the Empire (V308) - Funicular Productions will be providing a unique, immersive, theatre dining experience exclusive to Cunard. Debuting on Queen Victoria and set in The Verandah restaurant, this exceptional experience, which originated from the heart of London on board a train, will be reimagined for a journey at sea.
  • 100 Years of Musicals (V309) - To celebrate Queen Victoria's Centenary World Voyage, a wonderful cast of leading musical performers will sing and dance their way through "100 Years of Musicals". This show will feature a live band playing songs old and new and spanning 100 years of some of those best loved musical hits. 
Queen Mary 2
  • The Poetical Life of Philomena McGuinness (M314) - A comedic and poignant one-woman play inspired by the true stories of Irish nurses during World War Two. But it is not the blood, the bombs, or even the wise-cracking soldiers that make her question her place here. It’s the fact that she is not just a nurse, but a poet too. 
  • Dyad Productions: Gothic (M317) - Come inside and be thrilled by three lost gothic spine-tinglers from the great Victorian female writers, in the thrilling tradition of M R James, Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe. 
  • Dyad Productions: A Room of One’s Own (M317) - The award-winning Dyad Productions join Cunard for a special performance of their renowned production A Room of One’s Own - Virginia Woolf’s celebrated exploration of the impact of social inequality on creativity.  A wry, amusing and incisive trip through the history of literature, feminism, and sexual politics with Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, Aphra Behn – and Shakespeare’s sister!
  • Watson: The Final Problem (M319) - Watson is alone. His beloved wife, Mary, and the great Sherlock Holmes are gone. London seethes with false reports. It is time to set the record straight. So Watson tells his tale of long-buried secrets, betrayal and death; a journey across Europe pursued by Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime, leading to a deathly embrace at the Reichenbach Falls. Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, one-man play Watson is performed by Tim Marriott (star of BBC's "Brittas Empire").

Private Boxes - Production Show evenings

Guests on Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth can experience private boxes.

Celebrate special evenings in the Royal Court Theatre with our Theatre Box programme. Guests will be offered finger desserts and champagne cocktails in a private lounge area. At performance time, guests will be guided to their private box, where bar staff will serve chocolates and cocktails. Guests can make a reservation via the Purser's Office. Please note reservations close at 15:00 on the day of the performance. A charge of US$55 + 15% Service Charge per couple applies, which will be added to guest's on board account. 

Private Boxes further information:

  • If the theatre is showing a comedian, film or other such entertainment the boxes are complimentary and available on a "first come first served" basis.
  • It's not possible to reserve a box or any seat in the theatre prior to embarkation.
  • Please note that Queen Mary 2 does not have any Royal Boxes.
  • There are steps that lead down into each box, however there are two boxes which are wheelchair accessible. A guest may join, however please note that space is restricted to one wheelchair and this may lead to guests feeling a little cramped.

Production Shows:

Queen Elizabeth
  • The Great British Songbook - The combined musicians across the ship join together in an 18 piece orchestra, alongside our four lead singers, in a spectacular evening which features the music of Queen, Elton John, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Dusty Springfield, the Beatles and many more.
Queen Victoria
  • Thank You For The Movies - The ship's four lead singers join with an 18 piece orchestra comprised of musicians for a very special evening celebrating music from some of the most successful movies of all time.
  • Land of Make Believe -  A young designer finds her life changes forever one day through her uncle's intervention which leads her to discovering something about herself. Directed and choreographed by Olivier-award winner and Strictly choreographer, Bill Deamer.
Queen Mary 2
  • Swing - With a range of dance styles and some iconic songs, be transported with music including Swing It Brother Swing, My Heart Will Go On, The Lady Is A Tramp and Mr Bojangles.
  • Tale of Two Cities - From the streets of Cockney, London to the bustling Broadway of today, our cast take a whistle stop musical tour of our two iconic cities.

*Prices subject to change and inclusive of service charge.

An exclusive collaboration with David Pugh

Acclaimed theatre producer David Pugh is bringing award-winning shows to Queen Anne. David is one of the most successful theatre producers on both sides of the Atlantic, winning every major theatre award across the globe. The renowned West End and Broadway producer will work with Cunard to launch two iconic stage shows during Queen Anne’s maiden season. Neither production has ever graced an ocean stage. The collaboration will kick off with a uniquely adapted production of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, directed by Emma Rice, which will debut on Queen Anne’s maiden voyage in the Royal Court Theatre.

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