The line will welcome back guest favorites including the Literature Festival at Sea in partnership with Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Times and The Sunday Times; and Anthony Inglis and the UK National Symphony of Orchestra. Cunard also introduces its first first Art & Design Week, and Beatles and Beyond: Celebrating the Best of British. Also joining the roster is London Theatre at Sea with the Olivier Awards.
Theatre at sea
London Theatre at Sea, with the Olivier Awards (May 15-22, Queen Mary 2 eastbound crossing) is created in partnership with the Society of London Theatre and will showcase Olivier award-winning talent in performances, conversations, a production workshop and choreographer-led dance classes.
Beatles and Beyond (May 8-17, Queen Elizabeth nine-day round-trip Tokyo) will celebrate British culture through music, film, tastings and demonstrations, with a finale in the Royal Court Theatre by Bootleg Beatles.
First Art & Design Week
Cunard's first Art & Design Week (Aug. 28-Sept. 4, Queen Mary 2) will examine design, past, present and future via master classes and exhibitions. In addition, passengers will have the opportunity to hear from creative influencers at the forefront of design for Cunard's newest ship.
Anthony Inglis and the UK's National Symphony Orchestra (Oct. 25-Nov. 1, Queen Mary 2) is a regular favorite in the Cunard calendar. The orchestra sets sail again with Inglis leading the ensemble for performances in the Royal Court Theatre. The program features an evening of all-American music, including Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' after departing New York, and an evening highlighting British music before arriving at Southampton. An afternoon concert features Ravel's 'Bolero.'
Literature Festival at Sea in partnership with Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Times and The Sunday Times (Dec. 3-10, Queen Mary 2 eastbound crossing) will carry authors, historians, poets and critics, as well as journalists from The Times and The Sunday Times in workshops and discussions on literature, art, film, history and politics. Scheduled guests include bestselling authors Ian Rankin, Maggie O'Farrell, Charles Cumming, Sathnam Sanghera, Mick Herron and Simon Winchester, classicist Mary Beard, journalists Damian Barr and Rachel Johnson and Times Red Box Editor Matt Chorley, with more names to be announced.