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Closed January 24, 2015

Rich in atmosphere and buoyed by a seductive score that ranks among the best composed by a rock or pop figure for Broadway!

Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

Why See The Last Ship?

Years in the Making

Following three years of careful research and writing, the brand new musical by music legend Sting is set to premier on Broadway in the Fall of 2014. The production will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello and star Michael Esper (American Idiot), Rachel Tucker (We Will Rock You) and Sting, who has joined the cast until the show closes January 24th! A rare chance to see the show's super-star creator perform in his own creation.

Similar to Billy Elliot's raw portrayals of human relationships put under pressure by financial strain, The Last Ship depicts the universal story of survival and love in families and close-knit communities through Sting's haunting music.

What is The Last Ship about?

When their shipyard finally closes in the 1980s, former foreman Jackie White (Jimmy Nail) inspires his co-workers to take over the shipyard and build one final ship. Meanwhile, prodigal son Gideon (Michael Esper) returns home after his father's death, having left fifteen years and abandoned his relationship with Meg (Rachel Tucker) whom he left behind. Is he too late to make amends and start their lives together?

Stemming from Sting's own memories of growing up in the North East of England in Wallsend near Newcastle - which also serve as the inspiration for his 1990 album The Soul Cages - The Last Ship tells the emotive and inspiring story of a struggling shipyard and the workers who help construct these titanic triumphs of man's mechanical and creative genius.

Pre-Broadway Run in Chicago

The Last Ship enjoyed a pre-Broadway run during mid-2014 in Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre.

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Previews from: 29 September 2014

Opening night: 26 October 2014


Suitable for audiences aged 12 years and above

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes with one 15-minute intermission

And before you stop reading

Please note that Sting will only appear in select performances - eight per week until January 24th only. His performance on any night cannot be guaranteed.

Cast and Creative


Michael Esper

Rachel Tucker

Sting as Jackie White until January 24th only

Aaron Lazar

Sally Ann Triplett

Collin Kelly-Sordelet

Fred Applegate


Ethan Applegate, Craig Bennett, Dawn Cantwell, Jeremy Davis, Bradley Dean, Alyssa DiPalma, Colby Foytik, David Michael Garry, Timothy Gulan, Shawna M. Hamic, Rich Hebert, Leah M. Hocking, Todd A. Horman, Sarah Hunt, Jamie Jackson, Sean Jenness, C. David Johnson, Drew McVety, Johnny Newcomb, Gregory North, Matthew Stocke, Cullen Titmas and Jeremy Woodard


Directed by Joe Mantello

Music and Lyrics by Sting

Choreography by Steven Hoggett

Book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey

Set and costume design by David Zinn

Lighting design by Christopher Akerlind

Sound design by Brian Ronan

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