Aboard Queen Mary 2's Transatlantic Crossings, Plays and Workshops by London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Set the Stage for Enriching Voyages



    SOUTHAMPTON, England, June 18 /CNW/ -- With Queen Mary 2's Transatlantic
season underway, the accomplished actors and directors of London's Royal
Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) are engaged in a full programme of performances
and workshops designed to engage and entertain the ship's guests. Highlights
of this season's RADA programming schedule include abridged versions of
Shakespeare's Richard III and Romeo & Juliet, Charles Dickens' Great
Expectations, Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood and Noel Coward's Private Lives,
as well as three acting workshops led by RADA's experienced troupe.  In
addition, this season the RADA programme will expand to include dramatic
poetry readings, often with musical accompaniment, on one evening during each
Crossing.
    A cornerstone of the Cunard experience, the RADA programme features a
repertory troupe comprising six recent RADA graduates on the thresholds of
their careers -- some who have been featured in West End productions -- as
well as occasional appearances by distinguished alumni of the Academy.
Established in 1904, RADA is one of the foremost dramatic training programmes
in the world. Graduates include a "who's who" of British actors, from Sir John
Gielgud and Vivien Leigh to Sir Anthony Hopkins, Joan Collins, Glenda Jackson,
Peter O'Toole, Kenneth Branagh and Ralph Fiennes.
    "The RADA programme offers our guests the unique opportunity to
experience dramatic performances of the highest quality in the ship's
extraordinary theatres," said Carol Marlow, president and managing director of
Cunard Line. "And for those who've longed to be on stage, participation in a
RADA workshop is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to exercise their acting skills
with a group of classically trained actors."
    To get started, aspiring actors need only sign on for one (or all three)
of RADA's onboard workshops.  Each 50-minute workshop delves into an important
aspect of the acting experience. Topics include:
    --  Finding Your Voice -- Featuring introductory exercises demonstrating
how RADA training allows actors to give their voice power and impact;
    --  Filling The Space -- Games and exercises to help actors be aware of
their body as a means of communication;
    --  Speaking the Speech -- A chance to perform a Shakespeare monologue or
poem.
    Guests who attend all three workshops earn a special Cunard/RADA
certificate signed by the actors.
    Continuing the 169-year legacy of Cunard Line's Transatlantic heritage,
Queen Mary 2 holds the distinction of being the only ocean liner providing
regularly scheduled Transatlantic service between New York and Southampton.
Cunard liners have long been considered among the most civilized ways to
travel and Queen Mary 2 continues the romance of the ocean crossing -- where
White Star(TM) staff seamlessly caters to the comfort of well-heeled guests,
and the fine art of conversation and dressing for dinner are events to be
savored.
    On a Transatlantic Crossing aboard Queen Mary 2, time seems to slow down,
a benefit which gives guests ample time to experience the myriad of leisurely
pursuits on board such as a wide variety of programming through Cunard
Insights(TM), Cunard's award-winning onboard enrichment programme, taking a
trip to the cosmos in the only planetarium at sea, enjoying afternoon tea,
dancing in the Queens Room, the largest ballroom at sea, indulging in a
healing spa treatment in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub(R), or tempting lady luck in
the casino.
    For more information about Queen Mary 2, RADA onboard or Cunard, call
1-800-7-CUNARD or go to http://www.cunard.com.
    
    About Cunard Line
    
    Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, QE2 and
Queen Victoria has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and
the epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled
steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840.  Cunard voyages bring
together like-minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable
White Star Service(TM), fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of
historic voyages and transatlantic travel.
    Cunard Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines.  The
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line,
Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion
to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines
appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together they offer
exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable
destinations.




For further information:

For further information: Jackie Chase, +1-661-753-1035, 
jchase@cunard.com, or Brian O'Connor, +1-661-753-1060,  boconnor@cunard.com,
both of Cunard Line; or Maria Andriano,  andriano@redpointpr.com, or Cindy
Adams, adams@redpointpr.com, both of  Redpoint Marketing PR, +1-212-229-0119,
for Cunard Line

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