★★★★ “A stirring musical. Some of the most thrilling choral writing I’ve heard in a British musical”
Michael Billington – The Guardian
★★★★ “The impressive, surprisingly versatile shipyard set is transformed from moment to moment by the fabulous use of projected images (both still and moving)”
Mark Brown – The Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ “Heart-Breaking, Uplifting, Intimate and Universal”
“Poignant and Powerful… Stirring Stuff from Sting”
The Last Ship is the heartfelt and empowering new musical by multiple Grammy Award winner Sting.
After receiving widespread critical acclaim and rave reviews at its official opening in Newcastle’s Northern Stage in March 2018, The Last Ship set sail on an 11-venue UK and Ireland Tour. In 2019 it sailed on to Canada where it played a limited run at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto.
This personal musical inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences, shows the collective defiance of a community facing the demise of the shipbuilding industry alongside a poignant and moving romantic tale of childhood sweethearts and the adults they grew up to become.
Set in the shipbuilding community of Wallsend, The Last Ship tells the story of a young man who returns home after seventeen years at sea. The tensions between past and future flare in both his family and his town. He finds that 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 of working-class homes. With the engine fired and pistons in motion, picket lines are drawn as the foreman and his wife fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm.
Sting Music & Lyrics
Lorne Campbell Director
59 Productions Designer
Rob Mathes Orchestrator
Richard John Musical Director
Sebastian Frost Sound Designer
Matt Daw Lighting Designer
Lucy Hind Movement Director
Molly Einchcomb Costume Designer
Selma Dimitrijevic Dramaturg
Jake Smith Associate Director
Karl Sydow Producer
PW Productions General Manager