The Last Ship – the musical written by Sting – is to premiere at Northern Stage in Newcastle ahead of a 2018 UK tour.
The production, which will star Jimmy Nail, was initially inspired by Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages and his own childhood experiences.
It enjoyed a brief run on Broadway in 2014/5 and marked Sting’s debut as a playwright.
The Last Ship tells the story of a community affected by the closure of the town’s Swan Hunter shipyard and demise of the shipbuilding industry in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear.
When Gideon Fletcher returns home after 17 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.
The show is directed by Lorne Campbell, the artistic director of Northern Stage.
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 songs Island of Souls, All This Time and When We Dance.
2018 TOUR DATES
March 12 – April 7, NORTHERN STAGE
April 9 – 14, LIVERPOOL PLAYHOUSE
April 16 – 21, THE NEW ALEXANDRA, BIRMINGHAM
April 23 – 28, ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON
April 30 May 5,LEEDS GRAND THEATRE
May 7 – 12, NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE
May 14 – 19,WALES MILLENIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF
May 28 – June 2,BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE, DUBLIN
June 11 – 16, FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH
June 18 – 23, THEATRE ROYAL GLASGOW
June 25 – 30, YORK THEATRE ROYAL
July 2 – 7,THE LOWRY, SALFORD.