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POSTPONED – The Last Ship

Thursday, April 2 - Sunday, April 5

$49 - $154

STING STARRING IN THE LAST SHIP, scheduled for March 27 – April 5, 2020, will not play as planned due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

Instead, we are working to reschedule THE LAST SHIP for a yet-to-be-determined future date. All tickets purchased through the National Theatre Box Office and Etix will remain valid for the future engagement of THE LAST SHIP once scheduled, so please hold on to your existing tickets. More information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

Please note that the Box Office is experiencing a high volume of inquiries, and your patience in this matter is appreciated. Please contact the National Theatre at info@thenationaldc.com with any questions about the cancellation or your refund.

Those patrons who purchased tickets via other channels should contact their point of purchase directly about refund policies.


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. Sting will star as shipyard foreman Jackie White and will perform the role at every performance. 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 multiple 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 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. Learn more at TheLastShipMusical.com.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Run time: Approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes, includes intermission

6 Performances

  • Thursday, April 2 | 7:30pm
    CANCELED
  • Friday, April 3 | 8pm
    CANCELED
  • Saturday, April 4 | 2pm
    CANCELED
  • Saturday, April 4 | 8pm
    CANCELED

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  • Sunday, April 5 | 2pm
    CANCELED
  • Sunday, April 5 | 7:30pm
    CANCELED
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Due to the ongoing health crisis, the National Theatre will be implementing multiple changes to its spring 2020 schedule, affecting the following shows: STING STARRING IN THE LAST SHIP, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, BLUE MAN GROUP, and BABY SHARK LIVE. All patrons holding tickets for these shows will be contacted with further instructions, or patrons can click "LEARN MORE" below for more information. Please contact the National Theatre at info@thenationaldc.com with questions or concerns. We appreciate your patience while Box Office and administrative hours are limited. [As of 4/2/20]

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