"a conceptual show of unusual depth"
-The Stage-

"a hip-hop-dance extravaganza"
-The Telegraph-

"individually the elements charm"

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About the show

Sadler's Wells and Universal Music collaborate to bring about a new dance piece set to the music of Sting. Message in a Bottle is conceived and choreographed by Kate Prince and is performed by a cast that includes dancers from her company ZooNation. The piece receive its world premiere at the Peacock Theatre on 6 February 2020.

Family and adventure are explored through hip-hop, dance and music. Three siblings - who have been torn apart from one another - each embark on a journey of their own. Interwoven through this story are Sting's biggest hits, including "Fields of Gold", "Roxanne", "Every Breath You Take", "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" and “Englishman In New York”. It has not yet been announced whether the music is to be performed live or prerecorded, but Prince is determined to leave Sting’s distinctive vocals untouched either way.

Sting found fame as the lead singer and bassist of rock band The Police, going on to launch a solo career in 1985. Rock, new age, reggae, classical, jazz and other styles besides make up his eclectic sound. He has received an Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, as well as a huge array of other accolades.

Prince is a revered choreographer, director and writer, as well as Artistic Director of ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company. She created the choreography for Everybody's Talking About Jamie and co-wrote the 2018 musical Sylvia. ZooNation's previous productions include The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Into the Hoods. Message in a Bottle features several members of ZooNation but national auditions are being held in order to find the remainder of the cast.

Message in a Bottle is a co-production between Birmingham Hippodrome and the Lowry in Salford. Catch its world premiere at the Peacock Theatre before it embarks on a UK and international tour. You can see it from 6 February until 21 March 2020.

Who Should See It?

Devotees of The Police and of Sting will find classic song after classic song revisited in Message in a Bottle. Fans of modern dance, particularly ZooNation's previous body of work, shouldn't miss their latest offering.

Please note that Message In A Bottle contains some scenes of an adult nature.

Playing at

Peacock Theatre
Portugal Street, Off Kingsway
Seating Plan

Peacock Theatre seating plan

Booking period

6th Feb 2020

4th Apr 2020

21st Mar 2020

Running time

1 hour 50 minutes (including interval)


Recommended 12+. Under 5s are not permitted in the Peacock Theatre. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.