Sting takes his new Broadway musical ‘The Last Ship’ on board the QM2
Sting has performed songs from his new Broadway musical and latest album, The Last Ship, on board Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2, in New York .
The one-off performance took place in front of an invited audience in the ship’s Royal Court Theatre just two days after the 16-time Grammy award-winning musician made his official debut as a Broadway composer.
Sting performing in the Royal Court theatre, above and below Pictures - Kavin Mazur
Set in his hometown of Wallsend on Tyneside in the North East of England, The Last Ship draws on Sting’s memories of growing up next to the Swan Hunter shipyard. Over the years, 15 of Cunard’s ships were built at the yard, including the four-funnelled Mauretania, once the biggest ship in the world.
Sting said: “Cunard is one of the most famous names in shipping and a lot of very notable ships were built on Tyneside – Mauretania and Carpathia, to name but two. There’s a great lineage.
Sting in front of the QM2 and, below, the street in Wallsend where he grew up Pictures - James Morgan and Pete Loud
“I was born and raised in Wallsend in the shadow of the Swan Hunter shipyard. My earliest memories are of ships being built and launched into the river. You couldn’t escape Swan Hunter – there was a coal mine at one end of town and Swan Hunter at the other, so these ships loomed over our houses.
“With The Last Ship, I thought I would try to honour the community that I came from. Because everyone around me worked in the Swan Hunter shipyard. My grandfather worked in the shipyard. All his brothers worked in the shipyard. My family has had things to do with the sea for many years.”
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