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Message in a Bottle

Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK present a spectacular new dance-theatre production by triple Olivier Award-nominee and choreographic game-changer, Kate Prince.

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE is set to and inspired by the iconic hits and poetic lyrics of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist, Sting and includes his most successful tracks, “Roxanne,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Walking on the Moon,” “Fields of Gold,” “Englishman In New York,” and “Shape of My Heart” amongst others.

This is the latest stage work from Kate Prince, whose renowned narrative choreography includes theatrical hits Some Like it Hip Hop, Into The Hoods, Sylvia, and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. With her trademark energetic and dynamic style, the production comprises contemporary and hip hop/street dance styles with breaking, locking and popping.

The production’s story was initially inspired by Sting’s track, “Desert Rose”… When a village alive with celebrations suddenly comes under siege, everything changes forever. Three parted siblings, determined and daring, step out on their own extraordinary adventures. This poignant tale reflects on salient global tropes including displacement, immigration and survival (which are echoed in Sting’s poetic lyrics, ‘an SOS to the world’) with high-energy footwork, uplifting set pieces and breathtaking athleticism, creating a captivating compendium of heartfelt entertainment with broad-ranging appeal.

This large-scale staged spectacular is a fully danced production without singing or spoken word. The music used is from Sting’s world-famous songbook including his hits with The Police, and both existing and new musical arrangements specially created for the production and featuring Sting’s vocals.