Sting’s semi-autobiographical musical The Last Ship is set to have its U.K. premiere in the singer-songwriter’s hometown of Newcastle before heading on tour in 2018, the BBC reports.
Jimmy Nail, who starred in the show on Broadway, will reprise his role for the tour, which will begin at Newcastle’s Northern Stage in March.
The Last Ship will be directed by Northern Stage Artistic Director Lorne Campbell and will visit 11 cities after Newcastle.
Sting told the BBC that the British production will be more political and “closer to the actual economic and industrial history of Tyneside“ than the Broadway version.
The Last Ship tells the story of Gideon Fletcher, who returns to the English seafaring town of Wallsend after 15 years. The musical, inspired by the town where Sting grew up, tells of Gideon’s efforts to come to terms with his past while grappling with the man he has become.
The show opened on Broadway in fall 2014 and ran for 105 performances. Despite its short run, it was nominated for two Tony Awards, including a nod to Sting for Best Original Score. Sting wrote the music and lyrics for The Last Ship, with a book written by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writers John Logan and Brian Yorkey.
Dates and cities for the U.K. national tour have not yet been announced.
Flip through photos from The Last Ship’s regional premiere in Salt Lake City in 2016: