A unique one-off outdoor performance of The Last Ship in Newcastle that was due to be held on Bank Holiday Monday has been cancelled, it has been announced.
A performance of The Last Ship – which has music and lyrics by Sting – was to play at Spillers Wharf, Newcastle Quayside on Monday 28 May, with Sting due to perform alongside the cast.
However the performance will no longer be going ahead, it has been announced today.
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 Spiller’s 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. Therefore we have reached the unfortunate conclusion that we have no alternative but to cancel the performance.
We thank all of the ticket purchasers and apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience that this cancellation may cause.”
Ticketholders are advised to contact their point of purchase for a refund.
The critically-acclaimed UK and Ireland tour of The Last Ship is running until 7 July, where it will finish at The Lowry, Salford, with dates in Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow and York before then.
The Last Ship is produced by Karl Sydow and Kathryn Schenker with Northern Stage.