Sting brings Newcastle-musical set in the house

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The Pop star Sting is to make his Broadway musical, The Last Ship to his home city of Newcastle for its UK premiere.

He created the show as a tribute to the building up of the community where he grew up in Wallsend.

But it lasted only three months on Broadway in 2014, and 15 after mixed reviews and lackluster ticket sales.

It will be re-launched at Northern Stage in March 2018, starring Jimmy Nail, that appeared in the version Broadway, before a UK and Irish tour.

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Sting looked at the boats, it was built and launched in the vicinity of his childhood home in The Swan Hunter shipyard, which closed in 1993.

He was inspired by the star to write the lyrics and the music for the show, which tells the story of a group of unemployed shipbuilders who take over a closed factory to build one final vessel.

The musical earned two Tony Award nominations, and Sting himself has appeared in the show for a month on Broadway. But none of them was not enough to save the show from closing. Sting will not be performing in the UK version.

The Last Ship will be directed by Northern Stage artistic director Lorne Campbell, and will visit 11 cities after Newcastle.

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