Jimmy Nail Sting’s musical

Mark Savage

Jimmy Nail, will no longer star in the Sting of the music on The Last Ship when it makes its UK debut this year.

The actor had been due to reprise his role of Jackie White in the Newcastle-set musical, which closed after only three months on Broadway in 2015.

Joe McGann will replace it when the show opens in Newcastle in March.

“I was very much looking forward to appearing in the Sting’s The Last Ship, particularly here in my hometown,” Nail said. “Unfortunately, this is not to be.”

Richard Fleeshman, Frances McNamee and Emmerdale’s Charlie Hardwick will play other roles in the show, which has its BRITISH premiere, to the North of the Scene, on the 12th of March.

The show’s producer, Karl Sydow, said: “After long negotiations conducted in good faith, we regret to announce the production of the job offer Jimmy Nail has been removed.

“The Last Ship thank him for his generosity and his huge contribution during what has been an eight-year journey.”

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Nail, who played Leonard “Oz” Osborne in the 1980s, the comedy and the drama, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, first portrayed Jackie when The Last Boat has had a pre-Broadway try-out in Chicago in 2014.

It has been replaced by Sting himself during the show’s Broadway run in an attempt to boost ticket sales.

Sting has created The Last Boat as a tribute to the building up of the community in his hometown of Wallsend.

The musical tells the story of a group of unemployed shipbuilders who take over a closed factory to build one final ship.

“To a person who has purchased a ticket, please go see the show and give this vessel, the launch it deserves,” Nails of the declaration of result.

“You are going to hear some of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed for the stage.”

After Newcastle, The Last Ship that will tour Liverpool, Northampton, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham and Cardiff.

He will then make visits to Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow and York before the end of its tour at the Lowry in Salford, at the beginning of July.

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