March 23, 2018

The Stage: The Last Ship a "Tour de Force..."

It has been something of a rough journey for Sting’s debut musical The Last Ship to end up docked on Tyneside, its spiritual home – including a truncated Broadway run and a last-minute change of cast with the departure of local legend Jimmy Nail, who was in the New York production..


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March 23, 2018

NE Theatre Guide: "Sting's ship comes home at last..."

Northern Stage are having a cracking year in 2018 and with The Last Ship, the Newcastle theatre realises its potential. Not known for musicals, the venue has taken the music of Sting and crafted a show that hits the spot.  It is a real call to arms and The Last Ship celebrates the communities that lived in the shadow of the ships that were built along our coastline..

March 23, 2018

New Statesman interview with Sting & Shaggy...

Perhaps it is not as odd as it seems. For a start, they both have “ridiculous names”, says Sting, “which people no longer question”. Shaggy and Sting were born Orville and Gordon. Their nicknames arrived in their youth: Sting’s, from a black-and-yellow striped jumper he wore in his days as bass player in a Newcastle jazz band – even his mother called him Sting. Shaggy’s, from his resemblance, at the age of 12 when he was living in Jamaica, to the character from Scooby-Doo – his mother calls him Richard...

March 23, 2018

WhatsOnStage: "The Last Ship has a triumphant homecoming..."

59 Productions' designs are superlative, they intensify the drama and make us believe even when the action is less involving. The great width of the stage is filled with girders, gantries and iron staircases. Behind these, cranes lurch into movement against a troubled sky or the ship appears in magical perspective. Projections – at times constantly changing – gives us everything from a television news report to a stained glass window.

March 23, 2018

The Guardian: "Some of the most thrilling choral writing I’ve heard in a British musical..."

 With rousing anthems and purposeful politics, this tale of Thatcher-era shipbuilders launches anew in home waters. Having bombed on Broadway, this musical by Sting about the shipbuilding industry is being revived on its native soil with a new book by its director, Lorne Campbell. The only mystery is why the show ever premiered in the US in the first place: it is a deeply British musical that champions Tyneside life and that leaves you in no doubt where it stands on Thatcherite economics. It was received, quite rightly, with full-throated acclaim by its Newcastle audience...

March 21, 2018

Sting & Shaggy UK TV Appearances...

Sting & Shaggy have a couple of UK TV appearances scheduled and you can catch them on BBC1's 'The One Show' on Thursday, 29 March at 7pm, and ITV's 'Lorraine' on Tuesday 3 April from 8.30am. 

March 21, 2018

Sting & Shaggy performing at the Queen's 92nd birthday concert...

A night of music and song to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 92nd Birthday. A fun and vibrant evening of contemporary hits, songs from classic musicals, unique collaborations and stars from around the Commonwealth including Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Anne Marie, Shawn Mendes, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sting & Shaggy, plus more to be announced...

March 20, 2018

Sting's pride as he welcomes celebrity guests to staging of his musical The Last Ship...

Rock musician Sting tonight expressed his pride at being able to return to his roots for the staging of his Geordie musical The Last Ship. The Grammy-winning star spoke as some of TV and music’s biggest names arrived at a glittering, red carpet event to attend a special, gala performance of his play at Newcastle’s Northern Stage...

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