Sting this morning visited Fairfield Heritage Centre in Govan, Glasgow to launch The Last Ship.

The Last Ship is inspired by Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages and his own childhood experiences. It 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 – making Fairfield the perfect spot for the exclusive event.

Sting arrived in Govan to treat a small audience of around 80 to a live acoustic performance of songs from the show and a Q&A. Members of the audience included press, guests of Theatre Royal, guests of Fairfield and secondary school music pupils.

The Last Ship will sail into Glasgow’s Theatre Royal from Monday 18 until Saturday 18 June 2018 following a week at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

James Haworth, Theatre Director at Theatre Royal, said: “It was an honour to welcome Sting to Glasgow today and invite him to visit Fairfield Heritage Centre. With The Last Ship exploring the culture and history of shipbuilding I have no doubt that this musical will appeal to the Glasgow audience. I’d like to thank Sting for taking the time to visit and to everyone at Fairfield Heritage Centre who helped make this a morning to remember.”


Abigail Morris, Fairfield Co-ordinator, said: “We have many visitors pass through our doors but it’s not every day you can say that Sting was one of them. We hope he enjoyed his visit to Fairfield and Glasgow and we look forward to seeing The Last Ship when it arrives in June.”

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 some of his best-loved songs Island of Souls, All This Time and When We Dance.

When Gideon Fletcher returns home after seventeen 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 is the proud story of when the last ship sails.

Tickets are on sale now.



The Last Ship

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Monday 18-Saturday 23 June 2018

Mon-Sat eves, 7.30pm

Wed & Sat mat, 2.30pm

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Images: © Ian Watson