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New show: Message In A Bottle

Posted on January 30, 2019


Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK announced a new production choreographed by Kate Prince, set to the music of Sting yesterday, January 29.

The world premiere of Message In A Bottle will take place at Sadler’s Wells’ West End theatre, The Peacock, from February 6 to March 21, 2020, followed by a UK and international tour.

This is the first time Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music have collaborated to produce a show that promises “lyrical hip hop dance and breath-taking music in an uplifting story of humanity and hope”.

Sting said: “It’s an intriguing idea to align my songs and music with the work of a successful and highly esteemed choreographer of Kate’s standing. I witnessed one of the first workshops and was very excited by the potential. It’s always interesting when someone from another field offers a fresh and unexpected perspective on your work and I’m so looking forward to seeing the piece.”

Sting with Choreographer Kate Prince. Photograph: Johan Persson

Kate Prince added: “I’ve been a fan of Sting and The Police all my life and have seen him play live four times. As a choreographer, when I listen to any music, I am always inspired to create dance, and Sting’s music, which has been playing in my headphones for over 30 years, kept bringing me to the same thought, ‘I want to choreograph to this’.

“As a body of work it is a choreographer’s dream. I mentioned the idea in passing to Alistair Spalding, who has been supporting my career and ZooNation for 15 years. Pretty soon I found myself nervously entering the lobby of a swanky London hotel to pitch the idea to Sting himself. Much to my complete surprise but complete delight, it is actually happening.”

In Message In A Bottle, a village in the middle of joyful celebrations is suddenly under siege. Three parted siblings step out on their own extraordinary adventures. Songs include “Every Breath You Take”, “Roxanne”, “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, “Walking On The Moon”, “Englishman in New York”, “Shape of My Heart” and “Fields of Gold”.

The cast features dancers from ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company. The full cast will be announced following national auditions.

Tickets for Message In A Bottle are on public sale from February 25, 2019 via and 020 7863 8000. Priority booking opens to members from February 18, 2019.

Main image: The workshop cast for Message In A Bottle. Photograph: Johan Persson.


Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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