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

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 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...

March 19, 2018

Sting talks about The Last Ship sailing in to Liverpool...

“When I see a film of a ship being launched, for some reason I tear up,” says Sting. “I can’t explain why. There’s something about the profound, symbolic nature of a ship which is deeply rooted within me.” The son of Tyneside fought against his roots for many years, putting thousands of miles between his Wallsend childhood and his multi-millionaire superstar life as an Englishman in New York...

March 16, 2018

The Last Ship opens UK run at Northern Stage in Newcastle...

It was anchors aweigh for The Last Ship this week as the show opened for previews at Northern Stage in Newcastle, ahead of its official opening night on March 21. Following weeks of intensive rehearsals, the curtain finally went up on Sting’s debut musical, in the city that is the production’s spiritual home. The cast and creative team earned a standing ovation at the end of the first performance and extremely positive response on social media...


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February 21, 2018

The Last Ship - red carpet premiere in Newcastle...

Superstar Sting and a host of other celebrities will be in Newcastle in March for the debut of The Last Ship - and tickets are still available to join them (and even hear the main man sing). If you’ve a spare £250 that is. The Wallsend-born musician, accompanied by actress wife Trudie Styler, will be the star attraction at the red carpet premiere of his North East-based musical when it launches at Northern Stage on March 20...

February 02, 2018

Cast Complete for UK Premiere of Sting's Last Ship...

The complete cast is set for the U.K. premiere of Sting's The Last Ship, which will premiere March 12 at Northern Stage in Newcastle. The Last Ship, inspired by Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages and his own childhood experiences, will play a four-week engagement in Newcastle before embarking on a tour of the U.K. and Ireland...

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