The Last Ship

Tue 12 to Sat 16 June 2018 | Festival Theatre

Matinees 2.30pm | Evenings 7.30pm

Ticket prices

General from: £22 - £42*


Friends tickets from: 2 for 1 on Opening Night if booked by 27 March or 20% off all performances

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We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to the Festival and King's Theatres.

The Last Ship, which was initially 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 theSwan 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 and his wife Peggy fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm.

The ensemble cast is lead by Coronation Street, West End and Broadway star Richard Fleeshman as Gideon; Charlie Hardwick, best known for her role as Val Pollard in Emmerdale, as Peggy; Joe McGann (Elf The Musical and The Upper Hand) as Jackie with  Frances McNamee,  who recently in Big Fish in the West End as Meg.

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. The Last Ship features a TONY-nominated original 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.  


Please note that Jimmy Niall is no longer starring in The Last Ship. 

 * Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund.  An 80p handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.


Friends 2 for 1 on opening night then 20% off all performances

Groups 8+ £4 off (Stalls and Dress)

Concessions £3 off 

Discounts are available to people with disabilities, please call box office to book. If you would like to book a wheelchair space or if you have any special requirements please phone the box office who can advise. Our staff can be called on 0131 529 6000 or by using Text Relay on 18002 0131 529 6003.