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The author of the music and song texts of this important piece from the arena of musical theatre is Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, a man who is known to the world as Sting. An English musician and occasional actor, and in the 1970s and 80s the lead singer of rock band The Police, Sumner went solo in 1985 and since then has made a major contribution to the history of music as an artist active across all genres.
In 2013 he wrote his first, very personal musical inspired by his own childhood experiences in the English naval town of Wallsend, which is famous for its shipyards. The ship construction industry has always been at the centre of life in this town, where hard-working men toiled to build grand ocean-going vessels with immense pride. The musical The Last Ship shows the collective strength of the people of the local community, who are facing the extinction of the shipbuilding industry and the end of a long and distinctive tradition that has shaped the town as they know it. At the same time, it tells the romantic story of Gideon Fletcher, who dreams of a different future and longs to travel the world. Gideon leaves his life and his girl behind, but when he returns seventeen years later, he finds the shipyard in deep crisis and the love of his life alongside someone else, before finally realizing that he has lost more than he could ever imagine.
The official premiere took place at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway on 26th October 2014. The show contains over twenty musical numbers, most of which are original songs, though there are also previously written compositions such as Island of Souls and All This Time from Sting´s 1991 album The Soul Cages, as well as the song When We Dance from the album Fields of Gold (1994) and Ghost Story from Brand New Day (1999).
The script was produced by famous authors John Logan (film scripts for Gladiator, Skyfall and Sweeney Todd, among others) and Brian Yorkey (awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the libretto for the musical Next to Normal; our audiences know him as the author of Freaky Friday). Yorkey said about Sting´s music: "It's very, very distinctly Sting but it also is theatre music. It's not just pop music transposed into the theatre."
The musical The Last Ship received two Tony Award nominations in 2015, and we present its Czech premiere in February 2019, directed by Stanislav Moša.