Sting’s acclaimed musical, The Last Ship, starring and featuring original music and lyrics by multiple Grammy Award®-winner Sting, will add three new cities as part of its international tour.
After premiering in Los Angeles at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre and then playing at SHN’s Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco, The Last Ship will have engagements in Washington D.C. at the National Theatre; St. Paul, MN at the Ordway and Detroit, MI at the Detroit Opera House.
Sting will star as shipyard foreman, “Jackie White,”and will perform the role at every performance. Additional cities and casting be announced at a later date.
The Last Ship, 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.
When a sailor named 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 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 (Sting) and his wife Peggy fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm.
This personal, political and passionate 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 musical is directed by Lorne Campbell, the artistic director of Northern Stage, and has set design by the Tony Award-winning 59 Productions, the team behind the video design for the 2012 London Olympic Games.