We chat to the star behind music and lyrics as the hit musical prepares to transfer.
The Last Ship, which was initially inspired by Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages and his own childhood experiences, tells the story of a community amid the demise of the shipbuilding industry in Tyne and Wear, with the closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard.
This personal, political and passionate new musical from multiple Grammy Award winner Sting, is an epic account of a family, a community and a great act of defiance. The Last Ship features an original score with music and lyrics by Sting as well as a few of his best-loved songs; Island of Souls, All This Time and When We Dance. It is the proud story of when the last ship sails.
The show features Joe McGann, Charlie Hardwick, Richard Fleeshman and Frances McNamee alongside Michael Blair, Joe Caffrey, Matt Corner, Marvin Ford, Orla Gormley, Annie Grace, Sean Kearns, Katie Moore, Charlie Richmond, Parisa Shahmir, Kevin Wathen and Penelope Woodman.
Check out the evocative trailer below:
Director Lorne Campbell said: “We have brought together a remarkable cast and team of creatives from across the UK with a core of incredible performers from the North East, many of whom are only a generation away from the shipyard workers of the Tyne and the Wear. This personal connection to the project brings an enormous passion and resonance to the company.”
Narratively, the story follows a sailor named Gideon Fletcher who returns home after 17 years at sea. Tensions flare in both his family and his town, where the local shipyard, around which the community has always revolved, is closing and no-one knows what will come next, only that a half-built ship towers over the terraces.
With the engine fired and pistons in motion, picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie White and his wife Peggy fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm.
Take a look at these stunning shots of the show in production now:
The Last Ship runs at venues across the UK until 16 June 2018. Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.co.uk.