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Last Ship, The

Lead by a brilliant ensemble cast including Richard Fleeshman, Charlie Hardwick, Joe McGannand Frances McNamee, this show features a moving and heartfelt story of love, life and hope. This personal musical inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences, shows 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 grew up to become.  Read more …

Featuring a awe-inspiring and impressive set by Olivier-nominated 59 Productions, The Last Ship is the UK and Ireland premiere of Sting’s heartfelt and empowering new musical.

The critical consensus

For all its occasional po-facedness, there is no denying the show’s passion and resonance.

***(*)(*)Allan Radcliffe, 23/03/2018

An uncritical celebration of the power of the working-class, its own dialectic of toughness and emotionalism lacks a nuanced critique of the nature of the Tory attack on the area's industrial base, and its regionalism disguises the meandering of the second act.

***(*)(*)Gareth K Vile, The List, 27/03/2018

With rousing anthems and purposeful politics, this tale of Thatcher-era shipbuilders launches anew in home waters.

****(*)Michael Billington, The Guardian, 22/03/2018

Director Campbell's cast impresses vocally (the chorus numbers pack a tremendous punch) and, if acting is more uneven, the principals establish character strongly, without over-statement.

****(*)Ron Simpson, What's On Stage, 22/03/2018

A conventional stage musical, replete with (sometimes saccharine) sentiment, this version of The Last Ship is beautifully constructed.

Mark Brown, Scottish Stage, 08/04/2018

This story is one of labour, life, and love, and the intersection when all three intertwine.

****(*)Erin Roche, Edinburgh Guide, 13/06/2018

A passionate call to arms that offers solidarity and hope in the face of all that is currently wrong with the world.

*****Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 13/06/2018

In the end, however, it still seems to be more about Sting working out his ambivalent attitude to his upbringing than anything else. This means that – for all its righteous fury – it remains oddly uninvolving, and seems destined to remain more of a curiosity than anything else.

***(*)(*)Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre, 13/06/2018

If the leading performances are excellent, though, in the end it’s the music, the spectacle and the magnificent ensemble work that carries this show.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 15/06/2018

The Last Ship is a powerful and emotive musical that deserves to have a long life beyond this debut UK tour.

*****Natalie O'Donoghue, Broadway Baby, 19/06/2018

The result is a celebration of the collective strength of a community from a time that it was under threat; a chorale from the past with a sermon for the future.

*****Donald C. Stewart, The Skinny, 19/06/2018

This is a work that will resonate with many, however, some judicious editing would have made for an even more powerful message hitting home.

***(*)(*)Lauren Humphreys, The Reviews Hub, 19/06/2018

The Last Ship is a good musical full of sentiment, working class values and political comment. It’s a must see show.

****(*)Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 20/06/2018

Features about Last Ship, The

Sting--Setting Sail on The Last Ship

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 12/06/2018

Where and when?

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh from Tuesday June 12, 2018, until Saturday June 16, 2018. More info:

Theatre Royal, Glasgow from Monday June 18, 2018, until Saturday June 23, 2018. More info:

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