TORONTO (CelebrityAccess) – Mirvish Productions has announced that Sting will be starring in the Canadian premiere of his critically acclaimed musical The Last Ship.
The Last Ship, which is based on Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages as well as his own childhood in Wallsend, Northumberland, tells the story of one town’s struggle for survival in the wake of a declining shipbuilding industry and the impending closure of Swan Hunter’s shipyard.
In the limited six-week engagement, which runs February 9 through March 24, 2019, at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre, Sting will portray the shipyard foreman Jackie White, who makes it his mission to rally the town in hopes they’ll be able to revive the shipyard on their own. While Sting has played the role before, it was during the musical’s short-lived, four-month run on Broadway back in 2014 and 2015.
Of his forthcoming performance, Sting said: “It was a joy to see the show’s journey from the rehearsal room to the stage this year – first in my hometown of Newcastle then around the UK and Ireland. It was also extremely moving to witness the incredible audience response in each city we visited. It will be hugely exciting and a personal privilege for me to perform in the show in Toronto and I’m looking forward to The Last Ship continuing its journey there next year.”
“The Last Ship is a personal, powerful story of a community attempting to come to grips with societal and economic changes that will tear apart the very fabric that kept that community together,” added David Mirvish. “What makes it especially powerful and very moving is its point of view. It is written from a very personal place by a son of that community — the acclaimed singer/songwriter Sting.
“How lucky and privileged are we in Toronto to actually have Sting star in his own show? These opportunities — the stuff of theatrical legends — come along very rarely. We are indeed blessed that Sting has chosen our community in which to tell his own very personal story.”