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Message In A Bottle

  • 4 stars

    “Blistering...boils over the stage”

  • 5 stars

    “A triumph of effervescent dancing”

  • 4 stars

    “Pretty much irresistible”

  • 4 stars

    “This show is destined to be a big hit”

  • 5 stars

    “Every aspect of this production harmonises perfectly. It is a triumph”

  • 4 stars

    “Infectious energy & knock-out style”

  • 4 stars

    “Sets the stage alight”

Touring Calendar 2024

25 – 27 Jan 2024, Las Theatres de la ville, Luxembourg
6 – 11 Feb 2024, Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, US
13 – 25 Feb 2024, Buell Theatre, Denver, CO, USA
28 Feb – 3 Mar 2024, Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA
12 – 16 Mar 2024, Place des Arts, Montreal, QC, Canada
20 – 23 Mar 2024, Meridian Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada
26 – 30 Mar 2024, Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA, USA
2 – 7 Apr 2024, Knight Theater Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, NC, USA
9 – 21 Apr 2024, The Kennedy Centre, Washington, DC, USA
30 Apr – 12 May 2024, New York City Centre, New York City, NY, USA
14 – 19 May 2024, Miller Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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About the show

Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK present Message In A Bottle, the breathtaking new dance-theatre production by triple Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, to the music of 17-time Grammy Award winner, Sting.

The peaceful village of Bebko is alive with joyous celebrations. Suddenly, under attack, everything changes forever. Three siblings, Leto, Mati and Tana, must embark on perilous journeys in order to survive.

Initially inspired by Sting’s track, Desert Rose, Message In A Bottle is an uplifting and poignant tale of humanity and hope that reflects on salient global tropes, including displacement, immigration and survival, using high-energy footwork, exhilarating dance styles and breath-taking athleticism.

This is the latest stage work from Kate Prince, whose renowned narrative choreography includes West End theatrical hits Some Like it Hip Hop, Into the Hoods and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, set to many of Sting’s most iconic hits, including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne and Fields Of Gold. The production features the astonishing talents of dance storytelling powerhouse ZooNation and brings together a world-class award-winning creative team, including new musical arrangements by Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen).

This hit production opened at Sadler’s Wells The Peacock theatre in the West End in January 2020 receiving rave reviews.

Creative Team

Director and Choreographer – Kate Prince
Music and Lyrics – Sting
Music Supervisor and New Arrangements – Alex Lacamoire
Music Producer and Arranger – Martin Terefe
Music Co-Producer and Mixer – Oskar Winberg
Set Designer – Ben Stones
Video Designer – Andrzej Goulding
Costume Designer – Anna Fleischle
Lighting Designer – Natasha Chivers
Sound Designer – David McEwan
Dramaturg – Lolita Chakrabarti
Associate Choreographer – Lukas McFarlane
Music Associate & Additional Arrangements – D.J. Walde
Assistant Choreographers – Tommy Franzen and Lizzie Gough

A Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK Production. Co-produced by Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry, Salford. Research and developement supported by The MOVEment.

Download the Message In A Bottle resource pack

Delve deeper into the creative minds behind the show and explore workshop ideas, exclusive clips and interviews with some the creative team behind the hit show, including singer and guest vocalist Beverley Knight, and Tony Award winning music arranger and musical director Alex Lacamoire.


Book a Message In A Bottle workshop

Take part in a ZooNation led workshop, ideal for school, community and educational groups who would like to discover more about the creative process, choreography and characters behind Message In A Bottle.

Work with professional ZooNation artists and explore the signature styles of contemporary and breaking to the music of Sting.

– Individual workshops available both in person* and digital from £100**
– Workshop and Q&A packages available from £135**
– Duration: 1 hour – Full day (subject to requirements)
– Bespoke performance project packages also available
*Subject to government guidelines
**Travel costs and VAT not included

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Coming 2024 Message In A Bottle Cinema Release

Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Opera House have joined forces to release Message In A Bottle as a film.

The film will be released in U.K. cinemas from May 2024 and will be broadcast in the U.S. as part of the PBS Great Performances season from 3rd November 2023.

Kate Prince worked with BAFTA-winning screen director Marcus Viner to capture the show on six Arri-LF 4K cameras. Stage2View, an independent company in the stage-to-screen world, teamed up with Mercury Studios and Sadler’s Wells to produce the film in a sound stage environment.

Prince said: “I am so excited that ‘Message In A Bottle’ will hit cinemas next year, as well as the stage show embarking on a major tour. Having the opportunity to film on a sound stage gave us the ability to capture each element of the show from the best possible angle, allowing the audience to truly appreciate the agility and athleticism of the dancers and draw them fully into the story.”

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Desert Rose | Message In A Bottle