Alice Fearn, Luke Bayer, Steph Parry and many more names added to the STAGES FLOATING FESTIVAL line up

Smash hit West End and Broadway musical AVENUE Q, the secrets behind brand new musical The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and a string of West End stars will all feature in the line-up for Stages – the UK’s only musical theatre festival at sea.

Floating Festivals Stages cruise returns this October bringing the glitz, glamour and iconic hits of the West End and Broadway to the high seas. And we will be back on board too propping up the bars and dancing on the tables!

Classical Brit Award winner Alfie Boe, Olivier and Bafta Award winner Sheridan Smith and the world’s most successful musical theatre group Collabro have already been announced as this year’s headliners.

And today organisers have revealed they will be joined by the West End and Broadway award-winning musical AVENUE Q for three exclusive shows across the four-night cruise. The AVENUE Q shows are exclusive to Stages and will be the first time this hilarious show has ever been performed at a festival, let alone at sea!

Elsewhere award-winning UK Musical Director Nick Barstow will present a series of events onboard including RE:Arrangement starring Alice Fearn (Wicked), Noel Sullivan (Hearsay and West End star), Andy Coxon (West Side Story) and, Kelly Mathieson (Phantom of the Opera). All will be performing a series of shows and solo performances across the cruise and there will also be a not-to-be-missed group performance celebrating everything from Hammerstein to Hamilton.

For classical music lovers, West End stars Steph Parry and Luke Bayer (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Alyn Hawkes (Follies) and Emma Housley (The Wizard of Oz) will present songs from the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Pippa Clearly and Jake Brunger, the composers and writers of the West End’s newest musical The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole – The Musical, will also be onboard providing an exclusive insight into this exciting new production.

For musical theatre lovers who want to join in and take part, Stages is introducing the Stages Academy – a fully interactive programme of seminars, workshops and events getting into the backstage and behind the scenes element of the West End and Broadway.

Theatreland’s anonymous cult figure West End Producer is also back onboard, there will be a series of Q&A events with industry experts and media and each evening the West End’s best Cabaret Bar SingEasy will provide open mic sessions with all the stars, plus guests will be able to sing-a-long to their musical theatre favourites.

And there is still more to be announced.

The four-night Stages roundtrip cruise Southampton-Dublin-Southampton takes place onboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas from October 14 – 18. For more information go to


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