Sting’s acclaimed musical “The Last Ship” to open at the National Theatre in March 2020

News Release, National Theatre

Washington, D.C. (Tuesday, October 15, 2019) – Tickets for Sting’s acclaimed musical THE LAST SHIP, starring and featuring original music and lyrics by 17-time Grammy Award®-winner Sting, will go on sale Friday, October 18 at 10 am for its Washington D.C. premiere engagement. THE LAST SHIP will have a limited run at the National Theatre for 13 performances only from March 27-April 5, 2020.

Sting will star as shipyard foreman Jackie Whiteat every performance. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. 

Tickets for THE LAST SHIP may be purchased at, by calling 1-800-514-3849, or in person at the National Theatre Box Office (open Monday-Friday from 12 pm-6 pm and two hours prior to every performance). The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in downtown Washington, D.C.

“We are thrilled Sting will be bringing THE LAST SHIP to the National Theatre in Washington D.C.,” said Jam Theatricals President Steve Traxler. “We can’t wait to welcome him back to the National Theatre, where he played Mack the Knife in the 1989 pre-Broadway run of The Threepenny Opera. THE LAST SHIP will surely give our subscribers and audiences the treat of seeing Sting in the role of Jackie White in a truly intimate setting at the National.”

For more information on the production and a video, sneak peek, please visit

MARCH 27 – APRIL 5, 2020

THE LAST SHIP, inspired by Sting’s 1991 album “The Soul Cages” and his own childhood experiences, tells the story of a community amid the demise of the shipbuilding industry in Tyne and Wear, with the closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard. When a sailor named 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 the community has always revolved, is closing and no one knows what will come next, only that a half-built ship towers over the terraces. With the engine fired and pistons in motion, picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie White (Sting) and his wife Peggy fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm.

This personal, political, and passionate musical from 17-time Grammy Award®-winner Sting is an epic account of a family, a community and a great act of defiance. THE LAST SHIP features an original, TONY-nominated score with music and lyrics by Sting as well as a few of his best-loved songs: “Island of Souls,” “All This Time,” and “When We Dance.” It is the proud story of when the last ship sails.

The musical is directed by Lorne Campbell, the artistic director of Northern Stage, with set design by the Tony Award-winning 59 Productions, the team behind the video design for the 2012 London Olympic Games. THE LAST SHIP has a new book by Lorne Campbell, original book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey, orchestrations by Rob Mathes, musical direction by Richard John, costume design by Molly Einchcomb, movement direction by Lucy Hind, lighting design by Matt Daw, and sound design by Seb Frost. Other members of the creative team include dramaturg and associate director Selma Dimitrijevic, casting director Beth Eden, and associate musical director (U.K.) Sam Sommerfeld.

THE LAST SHIP is produced by Karl Sydow. For more information on the production and a video, sneak peek, please visit

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