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Bank holiday performance of Sting musical The Last Ship cancelled

The Last Ship at Northern Stage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Photo: Pamela Raith
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A concert performance of Sting’s musical The Last Ship has been cancelled after producers said they “lost all confidence” in the local promoter.

The one-off performance was due to take place at Spillers Wharf in Newcastle on May 28, with Sting due to perform alongside the cast.

A statement from Karl Sydow, producer of The Last Ship, said: “After weeks of negotiations and the failure to secure a signed agreement which would protect the artistic standards of the production, the producers have lost all confidence in the integrity and ability of the local promoter.

“It is of paramount importance to us that the quality and artistic integrity of the performance at Spillers Wharf would be what we and the audience would expect and we do not have the necessary confidence that this would be delivered following the consistent failure of the local promoter to meet any of his undertakings with regard to our production.”

The statement adds that the producers felt they had no alternative but to cancel the production, which has music and lyrics by Sting.

Ticketholders are advised to contact their point of purchase for a refund.

The UK and Ireland tour of The Last Ship is running until July 7, visiting Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Salford.

The Last Ship is produced by Sydow and Kathryn Schenker with Northern Stage.