Cruise Trends & Trips: Theater at sea

A scene from the performance of Aladdin aboard the Disney Fantasy. (Disney Cruise Line)


Ever dream of developing your acting chops a la Vivien Leigh, Anthony Hopkins or Ralph Fiennes? Your ship has come in.

"On Cunard Line you can take acting classes from members of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art _ the famed arts school in England," noted Erica Kritt, social media coordinator for The Cruise Web.

Arguably the most famous acting school in the English-speaking world, London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), founded in 1904, presents specially-edited versions of renowned plays and adaptations of great literary classics onboard Queen Mary 2 during the entire Transatlantic season.

During each Transatlantic Crossing, guests may take up to three RADA dramatic workshops _ and note: sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis. RADA also performs abridged plays such as "The Merchant of Venice" and "The Canterbury Tales," hosts a "bedtime" story reading in the Grand Lobby and also offers poetry readings.



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Kathy Witt is a Kentucky-based author and travel and lifestyle writer whose columns include Bucket List Adventures, Cruise Trends & Trips and Travel Goods, Gadgets & Gear for McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. She can be reached at