North P&I Club has announced its sponsorship of the Northern Stage’s production of The Last Ship.

In its UK premiere, 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 casting of Joe McGann (Jackie White), Charlie Hardwick (Peggy White)Richard Fleeshman (Gideon Fletcher) and Frances McNamee (Meg Dawson) has today been announced.

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.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Paul Jennings, Joint Managing Director at North P&I Club said:

“Northern Stage is one of the main cultural centres in Newcastle and their production of Sting’s ‘The Last Ship’ has a strong historical resonance for North. As a leading mutual marine insurance group, North has provided commercial shipping insurance since we were founded in Newcastle in 1860. We’ve also been very impressed by the way Northern Stage outreach programmes engage with local communities and young people across the region and we hope this sponsorship will be the catalyst for more local businesses to support Northern Stage.”

Commenting on the sponsorship, Lorne Campbell, Artistic Director at Northern Stage said:

“North’s sponsorship of our production of The Last Ship is wonderful news. This will be the UK premiere of the production and a national tour is planned after the Newcastle run concludes. The musical, written by Sting has broken box office records at Northern Stage as it plays on the North East’s rich maritime history and has a very strong connection to North’s business. North’s sponsorship will contribute substantially to Northern Stage’s charitable work in the North East. Specifically, the funding will be allocated to our local talent development and community support programmes which are active in communities across the North East region.”

The Last Ship runs from Monday 12 March to Saturday 7 April 2018.