Cast Announced for Sting’s Debut Musical

The Last Ship, the TONY nominated musical from internationally renowned musician Sting comes to the Royal and Derngate this April.

Today’s cast announcement includes Joe McGann (The Upper Hand, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Fiddler on the Roof), Charlie Hardwick (Emmerdale’s Val Pollard), Richard Fleeshman (Coronation Street, Ghost the Musical, Guys and Dolls, Urinetown), and Frances McNamee (currently starring alongside Kelsey Grammer in Big Fish).



The Last Ship was inspired by Sting’s childhood and his 1991 album “The Soul Cages“. It tells the story of a Tyne and Wear community struggling with the imminent closure of the shipbuilding yard, and the uncertain future they’re now to face. Returning sailor Gideon Fletcher (Richard Fleeshman) comes home after 17 years at sea to find tensions flaring with his family and friends as no one knows what will happen when the yard shuts down. Picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie White (Joe McGann) and wife Peggy (Charlie Hardwick) fight to hold their community together. The show features an original score with music and lyrics by Sting, as well as a few of his best-loved songs; Island of Souls, All This Time and When We Dance.


The Last Ship Cast Announcement
Sting and director Lorne Campbell. Photo Mark Savage


Lorne Campbell, Northern Stage’s Artistic Director, said, “I am delighted to be welcoming Joe McGann, Charlie Hardwick, Richard Fleeshman, Frances McNamee and the rest of the company to Northern Stage for The Last Ship. Alongside some wonderful old friends of the company, we welcome some remarkable new performers from across the U.K. We are all hugely excited to move into rehearsal and to bring this incredible score and epic story to audiences across the UK and Ireland.”


The Last Ship has a 4 week run at Northern Stage from 12 March, before embarking on a tour across the UK – stopping off at the Royal and Derngate from 24 – 28 April 2018. Tickets are available online or via the Box Office 01604 624811 Booking fees apply.

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Becki is a theatre lover originally from Birmingham. She founded On Stage Northants in 2017, and is passionate about promoting Northampton performing arts. She also works for Royal & Derngate as Marketing and Press Assistant. Can usually be found behind the scenes, and occasionally in front of them too. Becki also blogs at StageyRebel