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Theatre Producer David Pugh Will Bring West End to Queen Anne

Theatre Producer David Pugh Will Bring West End to Queen Anne

Luxury cruise line Cunard is launching an exclusive partnership that will bring award-winning productions from renowned theatre producer David Pugh aboard the brand’s new ship Queen Anne.

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During Queen Anne‘s inaugural season, the West End and Broadway producer will collaborate with Cunard’s creative team to introduce two iconic stage productions, neither of which has ever been presented on an ocean stage.

David Pugh will bring two theatrical productions to Queen Anne, beginning in spring 2024 (artist rendering courtesy of Cunard)

“This hugely exciting collaboration is a real celebration for theatre-lovers and the stage is almost set for guests to enjoy some of the most remarkable live performances on board our newest ship Queen Anne. Whether it’s the bright lights of Broadway or the buzz of the West End, the incredible David Pugh, together with Emma Rice, will deliver the very best that theatre has to offer,” said Cunard’s president Katie McAlister.

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David Pugh will bring two theatrical productions to Queen Anne

One of the most successful theatre producers on both sides of the Atlantic, David Pugh has won several major theatrical honors including the prestigious Tony and Olivier awards. His most recent sold-out production, Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell, starred Sheridan Smith.

Pugh’s Cunard partnership will begin with an original adaptation of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, under the direction of Emma Rice, making its Royal Court Theatre premiere on Queen Anne‘s maiden voyage.

Under Rice’s direction, the haunting love story was a triumph in London’s West End and opened to dazzling reviews on Broadway.

Pugh’s second production aboard Queen Anne is yet to be announced—the producer remains tight-lipped on whether cruisers can expect a classic title or a more modern show.

David Pugh, as half of the famed production team Pugh and Rogers, has won several Tony and Olivier awards for his work (image courtesy of Cunard)

“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,” Pugh said in a press release.

“The second show is still in development, but I can guarantee it will be every bit as special as guests expect,” he continued.

The new Queen Anne will set sail in spring 2024

Echoing the grandeur and beauty of Art Deco concert halls, Queen Anne‘s Royal Court Theatre promises to place storytelling front and center with its plush seating and cascading chandeliers framing the action.

During her 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 unique destinations in 16 countries.

The new ship will set sail on May 3, 2024 for her seven-night maiden voyage to La Coruña and Lisbon. Queen Anne will then depart for 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 of Liverpool.

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Carrie Ann Karstunen