THE Last Ship – the acclaimed musical by the internationally renowned musician Sting – comes to York Theatre Royal from June 25-30 as part of a 2018 UK and Ireland tour.

The production, which will star Jimmy Nail, has a Tony-nominated original score and lyrics composed by Sting.

Initially inspired by Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages and his own childhood experiences, The Last Ship tells the story of a community amid the demise of the shipbuilding industry in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, with the closure of the town’s Swan Hunter shipyard.

When Gideon Fletcher returns home after 17 years at sea, tensions between past and future flare in both his family and his town. The local shipyard, around which Wallsend has always revolved, is closing and no-one knows what will come next, only that a half-built ship towers over the terraces.

This personal, political and passionate new musical from multiple Grammy Award winner Sting, is an epic account of a family, a community and a great act of defiance. With original music and lyrics by Sting, The Last Ship also features a few of his best-loved songs Island of Souls, All This Time and When We Dance. The show is directed by Lorne Campbell, Artistic Director of Northern Stage in Newcastle.

For tickets contact the box office on 01904 623568. or go to