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Preview: The Last Ship at Newcastle Northern Stage
THE LAST SHIP TO MAKE UK PREMIERE IN NEWCASTLE
Jimmy Nail to star in Sting’s debut musical
The Last Ship
Monday 12th March – Saturday
7th April 2018
Opens 12 March 2018 at Northern Stage, ahead of UK & Ireland Tour
The Last Ship – the acclaimed musical by the internationally
renowned musician Sting – is to premiere in the UK when it opens at Northern Stage in Newcastle on 12 March 2018.
The production, which will star
Jimmy Nail, has a TONY-nominated original score and lyrics composed by Sting.
It will play a 4-week season in Newcastle before embarking on a major UK & Ireland Tour.
Sting - Photo: Mark Savage
The production, 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 Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, with the closure of the town's shipyard.
When Gideon Fletcher returns
home after seventeen years at sea, tensions between past and future flare in
both his family and his town. The local shipyard, around which Wallsend has
always revolved, is closing and no-one knows what will come next, only that a
half-built ship towers over the terraces.
Lorne Campbell, Sting, Jimmy Nail Photo: Mark Savage
The show is directed by Lorne
Campbell, the artistic director of Northern Stage, with set design by the Tony
Award-winning 59 Productions.
One of the country’s most
exciting and acclaimed theatre directors, Edinburgh-born Lorne Campbell had his
first professional job as an assistant director at Northern Stage, before
returning as artistic director in 2013. A graduate of Channel 4’s Young Theatre
Director scheme, he has previously worked with the Liverpool Everyman
Playhouse, Bath Theatre Royal, Traverse Theatre and Greyscale theatre company,
which he co-founded. Productions for Northern Stage include Get
Song For Ella Grey.
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. With original
music and lyrics by Sting, The Last Ship also features a few of his best-loved songsIsland of Souls, All
This Time and When We Dance.
This is the proud story of when
the last ship sails.
Further casting to be
The Last Ship is produced by
Northern Stage in association with Karl Sydow and Kathryn Schenker.