Sting's proud musical of when the last ships sails

Music and Lyrics by Sting
Directed by Lorne Campbell
A Northern Stage Production in association with Karl Sydow & Kathryn Schenker

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It's a strange kind of beauty, it's cold and austere,

And whatever it was that you've done to be here,

It's the sum of your hopes, your despairs and your fears when the Last Ship sails.

Sting's personal, political and passionate musical comes home to Newcastle, in an epic tale of community, hope and a great act of collective defiance. 

The Last Ship tells the story of a ship-building town and its people. Gideon Fletcher, a sailor, returns home from half a lifetime at sea to discover the ship-building life he left behind in chaos. The yard is closing and no one knows what will come next. With the engine fired and pistons in motion, picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie White and his wife Peggy fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm. 

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Bus Tour Package

Tyne Idols presents the 'In The Footsteps of Sting' bus tour on Sat 7 Apr, marking the final performance of The Last Ship here at Northern Stage. The package includes a bus tour of the area where Sting grew up, along with tickets for the evening performance of The Last Ship, all for just £45pp.

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Touch Tour logo  Touch Tour Sat 7 Apr, 12.30pm
Audio Description logo Audio Described performance Sat 7 Apr, 2pm
BSL Signed Performance logo BSL signed performance Thu 29 Mar, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance logo Captioned performance Wed 4 Apr, 7.30pm

Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available within Stage 3. To discuss any access needs, please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.

Northern Stage will not be required to accept tickets if we know or have reasonable grounds for believing that the tickets have been duplicated or purchased from any of the following: unauthorised agents or other unauthorised sources including, without limitation, ticket touts. We are entitled to refuse entry to any person holding such a ticket, or to eject them from the venue and/or the event.

Cast and Creative Team

Joe McGannJoe McGann

Jackie White

Richard FleeshmanRichard Fleeshman

Gideon Fletcher

Charlie HardwickCharlie Hardwick

Peggy White

Frances McNameeFrances McNamee

Meg Dawson

Michael BlairMichael Blair

Yard Worker

Joe CaffreyJoe Caffrey

Billy Thompson

Matt CornerMatt Corner

Young Gideon & Yard Worker

Marvin FordMarvin Ford

Ferryman & Yard Worker

Orla GormleyOrla Gormley

Cathleen & Yard Worker

Annie GraceAnnie Grace

Mrs Dees

Sean KearnsSean Kearns

Freddy Newland & Old Joe

Katie MooreKatie Moore

Ellen Dawson

Charlie RichmondCharlie Richmond

Adrian Sanderson

Parisa ShahmirParisa Shahmir

Young Meg

Kevin WathenKevin Wathen

Davey Harrison

Penny WoodmanPenelope Woodman

Baroness Tynedale