THE LAST SHIP
TUE 1 - SAT 5 MAY 2018
Image: St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Designed by by Joseph Nuttgens in 2006 in celebration of Newcastle’s industrial heritage
Photograph: Peter Loud
The proud story of when the last ship sails.
After receiving widespread critical acclaim and Five Star Reviews at its official opening in Newcastle, The Last Ship, featuring the music of Sting and led by an inspired ensemble cast, including Richard Fleeshman, Charlie Hardwick, Joe McGann and Frances McNamee, is soon to set sail on a UK and Ireland Tour and will dock at Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 May.
**** ‘A STIRRING MUSICAL. Some of the most thrilling choral writing I’ve heard in a British musical’ THE GUARDIAN•Michael Billington
**** ‘TRULY AMAZING’ DAILY TELEGRAPH•Mark Brown
Set against an awe-inspiring set by Olivier-nominated 59 Productions and boasting a TONY-nominated original score and lyrics, including ‘Island of Souls’, ‘All This Time’ and ‘When We Dance’, The Last Ship depicts the collective defiance of a community facing the demise of the shipbuilding industry, alongside a poignant and moving romantic tale of childhood sweethearts and the adults they become.
This heartfelt tale will resonate with Yorkshire audiences impacted by the pit closures and subsequent miners strikes in the 1980s, and the desperate measures individuals and communities took to keep their livelihood, dignity and passion alive.
‘The Last Ship is both heart-breaking and uplifting: both intimate and universal… A reminder of the power of people.’ THE STAGE•Tracey Sinclair.
Music and lyrics by Sting. Directed by Lorne Campbell. Northern Stage in association with Karl Sydow and Kathryn Schenker.
The Last Ship presented by Northern Stage
‘If the standing ovation… on opening night is any measure, it is a winning combination’
‘The Last Ship has shades of Billy Elliot, in the sense that it brings together a decidedly mainstream, popular artistic form with a strong political commitment. If the standing ovation given to the company (including Sting, who joined them onstage) on opening night is any measure, it is a winning combination.’
‘Frances McNamee, who plays Meg beautifully both in song and performance, shines among a generally excellent cast.’
‘The impressive, surprisingly versatile shipyard set is transformed from moment to moment by the fabulous use of projected images (both still and moving).’
‘a triumphant homecoming’
‘a smartly paced mix of foot stomping anthems’
‘heart-breaking, uplifting, intimate and universal’
‘It’s a gorgeous, glorious, fist-in-the-air roar of defiance; a triumphant ode to community and solidarity, to the value and dignity of working class lives.’
‘ a tour de force’
‘it’s the musicals’s treatment of wider issues that give it such power.’
‘the show’s heart is in the right place.’
‘a stirring musical’
‘received, quite rightly, with full-throated acclaim’
‘some of the most thrilling choral writing I’ve heard in a British musical’
‘there is no denying the show’s passion and resonance’