Internationally renowned musician Sting took part in a special event with us today (Fri 16 February), to launch the musical The Last Ship, for which he wrote the music and lyrics. The show tours to Northampton on Tue 24 – Sat 28 April.
Along with cast members Joe McGann, Charlie Hardwick and Richard Fleeshman, Sting performed some songs from the show, and answered questions in a Q&A session alongside producer Karl Sydow.
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 is currently in rehearsal and will play a 4-week season in Newcastle before embarking on a major UK & Ireland Tour.
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