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A Sadler’s Wells & Universal Music UK production

Message In A Bottle

A Sadler’s Wells & Universal Music UK production

Message In A Bottle

19 May–20 May 2023

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Message In A Bottle is a spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple-Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, inspired by and set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Walking On The Moon and more. With a mix of exhilarating dance styles, high-energy footwork and breath-taking athleticism, Message In A Bottle tells a unifying and uplifting story of humanity and hope.

In a village in a country far away, the community live well and support each other. But when civil war breaks out, this idyll of existence is devastated as the community is broken and homes destroyed. We follow the fortunes of a father, mother and their three teenage children – Leto, Mati and Tana – who face this brutal reality together. They are confronted with impossible choices in order to survive. They must leave their homeland and undertake a perilous journey to safer shores.

Inspired by the passionate, evocative and iconic music of Sting, Message In A Bottle is a universal story of loss, fear, survival, hope and love.

Important information

Running time:
90 min (plus 20 min interval)

Age guideline:
10+ recommended

View the digital programme here!

There are some scenes in Message In A Bottle which contain moments of adult
content. These are all told through dance and are appropriate to the storyline and setting of the show.

There is a short moment representing sexual violence against a female character in Act 1. After the interval, at the beginning of the second half there is some depictions of drug use.

Please note – most of our productions feature flashing lights and loud sounds.  

If you require this information prior to booking, please check back for updates or call our Box Office on 01752 267222.


A Sadler’s Wells & Universal Music UK production co-produced with Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry, Salford. Research and development supported by The MOVEment. Directed and Choreographed by Kate Prince based on the songs of Sting.

Is Hall for Cornwall closer to home for you? If so, you might be interested to know that there are performances of Message in a Bottle taking place in The Lyric on 17 and 18 May. Tickets can be booked here.

Behind The Scenes

A Glimpse Into The Show

Hear from Sting!