Steel in the stockyard, Iron in the soul, we’ll conjure up a ship where there used to be a hole

Princess of Wales, Toronto
UK Tour
Northern Stage,

Sting’s musical, The Last Ship, returned to its home town of Newcastle for it’s opening in March 2018. Re-written and re-designed for its UK premier, the show was brought to life by the set and video designs of 59 Productions.

Set during the Thatcher years, this political and passionate musical tells the story of Giddeon, a sailor returning home to Wallsend after 17 years away. He soon discovers the ship-building life he left behind in chaos, the yard is closing and no one knows what will come next. With the engine fired and pistons in motion, picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie White and his wife Peggy fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm.

The Last Ship opened at Northern Stage on the 12th March 2018 and then went on tour throughout the UK. It is now open at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto with Sting playing the role of Jackie White.


“59 Productions’ design is stunning, rendering the shipyard in all its terrible beauty”

The Stage

“The technical skill of the designers is truly amazing”

The Telegraph

“59 Productions’ designs are superlative, they intensify the drama and make us believe even when the action is less involving”

Whats on Stage

“The set and design by 59 Productions is magnificent. With the use of screens and projections, the world around us changes in a blink of an eye in the most beautiful and cinematic way”

Musical Theatre Review

“It also looks exceptionally handsome: the design, by 59 Productions, uses black and white projections to capture the gaunt grandeur of the shipyard girders against scudding clouds”

The Guardian

“Lorne Campbell, the artistic director of Northern Stage, has reworked the book for this new production, ditching some extraneous characters and subplots, and foregrounding only a couple of personal stories against the mighty backdrop of the shipyard, which is recreated in all its awesome height and depth by 59 Productions”

The Times


Music & Lyrics by


Writer & Director

Lorne Campbell


Karl Sydow

Northern Stage

Matt Runham

PW Productions

Iain Gillie

Movement Director

Lucy Hind

Musical Director

Richard John

Set & Video Design

59 Productions

Costume Designer

Molly Einchcomb

Lighting Designer

Matt Daw

Sound Designer

Seb Frost


Design Director

Leo Warner

Set Designer

Jenny Melville

Video Designer

Nicol Scott


Rebecca Collis

Assistant Designer

Matthew Taylor


Jarek Radecki, David Curtis

Assistant Set Designer

Khushali Chawda

Video Programmer

Ben Pearcy

Video System Designer

Max Spielbichler