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Jimmy Nail no longer starring in Sting musical The Last Ship as cast is announced

Actor Jimmy Nail, who will no longer appear in The Last Ship, with Sting and director Lorne Campbell. Photo: Mark Savage
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Jimmy Nail has withdrawn from the UK premiere of Sting musical The Last Ship, in which he was due to star.

Last year it was announced the actor would be playing the lead role of Jackie White in the musical, however he will now be replaced by Joe McGann when the show opens in Newcastle in March.

Producer Karl Sydow said: “After protracted negotiations carried out in good faith we regret to announce the production’s offer of employment to Jimmy Nail has been withdrawn. All at The Last Ship thank him for his generosity and enormous contribution during what has been an eight-year journey.”

Nail added that he had been “very much looking forward” to appearing in the show.

McGann will be joined in the production by Charlie Hardwick, Richard Fleeshman and Frances McNamee.

The musical is inspired by Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages and is set against the closure of a Tyne and Wear shipyard.

It premiered in Chicago in 2014 before running on Broadway for three-months later that year.

The show is being co-produced by Northern Stage, Sydow and Kathryn Schenker, and is directed by Northern Stage artistic director Lorne Campbell.

Following its run in Newcastle the musical will tour to venues including the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Glasgow’s Theatre Royal, York Theatre Royal and the Lowry in Salford.