Cunard to Host West End Comedy Retelling of ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Cunard has announced that its new ship Queen Anne will host a West End retelling of Jane Austen's classic story Pride and Prejudice.

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Straight from its success in the West End where it won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, Pride and Prejudice * (*sort of) is premiering at sea aboard Cunard’s newest ship Queen Anne. It’s set to debut during the vessel’s British Isles Festival Voyage.

About the Show

The unique retelling of Jane Austen’s love story is being brought to Cunard by acclaimed theater producer David Pugh. The festival voyage is set to depart on May 24th for a two-week circumnavigation of the British Isles. The sailing will also feature the ship’s official naming ceremony.

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Following the show’s premiere on the special sailing, it will be a mainstay during Queen Anne‘s maiden season. The show will be the headliner among an eclectic mix of live performances on board.

“We always strive to surprise and delight guests with unique and enriching experiences that can only be experienced on a Cunard ship,” said president of Cunard Katie McAlister. “We are therefore excited to be teaming up with the incredible David Pugh for the at-sea premiere of Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of), which is one of the most acclaimed West End productions of recent times. I truly believe we are redefining luxury entertainment at sea with Queen Anne.”

The show’s creator, Isobel McArthur, added “Guests on board Queen Anne coming to see Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of) can expect a theatre show that is deeply affectionate towards the iconic Jane Austen original, with a few new elements thrown in to persuade even the biggest skeptic of ‘period drama’ to start swooning at Mr. Darcy.”

“Our version of the original rom-com is Pride and Prejudice, but told by the servants – with karaoke! It is a big-hearted, dynamic ensemble piece where those who normally just serve the tea are suddenly playing every part. The cast and creative team have proven themselves so skilled and hard-working in rehearsals – they can’t wait to present this special iteration of the play for its very first at-sea audience.”

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Queen Anne’s Inaugural Voyage

Queen Anne, which is Cunard’s first new ship in 13 years, is scheduled to debut on May 10, 2024. The vessel’s first voyage will be a 14-night sailing from Southampton to the Canary Islands. Stops will include Funchal, Madeira; Arrecife, Gran Canaria and Tenerfie, Canary Islands; and La Coruña, Spain.


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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015, and in that time has taken a dozen cruises and counting. Her favorite onboard activities include trying the casual dining options, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.
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