Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK present Message In A Bottle

Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK present Message In A Bottle, a new dance theatre production by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Kate Prince, set to the music of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting.

Message In A Bottle receives its world premiere at Sadler’s Wells’ West End theatre, The Peacock, from Thursday 6 February – Saturday 21 March 2020, followed by a UK and international tour. Gravity-defying lyrical hip hop dance and breath-taking music combine in an uplifting story of humanity and hope.

Message In A Bottle sees a village alive with joyous celebrations suddenly come under siege. In the chaos, three siblings, Leto, Mati and Tana are separated from their parents; they undertake a perilous journey to new lands and set out on their own extraordinary adventures. Songs include Every Breath You TakeRoxanneEvery Little Thing She Does Is MagicWalking On The MoonEnglishman In New YorkShape Of My Heart and Fields Of Gold.

After its run at The Peacock, Message In A Bottle tours to Theatre de la Ville Luxembourg (26 – 28 March), The Lowry, Salford (1 – 4 April), Birmingham Hippodrome (8 – 11 April) and MAAG, Zurich (15 April – 3 May), with further international dates to be confirmed.

The production features exceptional dancers from ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company, including Lukas McFarlane as Leto – winner of Sky 1’s Got to Dance (2013); Tommy Franzen as Mati – BBC One’s So You Think You Can Dance (2010) and the Tom Hooper-directed CATS, in cinemas winter 2019; and Natasha Gooden – Blak Whyte Gray (Boy Blue) and Strictly Come Dancing – as Tana.

Alongside these outstanding performers, the production also features a multi-award-winning creative team, including Alex Lacamoire (Music Supervisor and New Arrangements), Grammy and Tony Award winner for his work on musicals including Hamilton (2016), In The Heights (2008) and Dear Evan Hansen (2017). Music production and additional arrangements for the show are by multi-Grammy Award winner Martin Terefe, who has written and produced for artists such as Jason Mraz, Sean Mendes, KT Tunstall, Tom Odell and Train.

The team also comprises set design by Ben Stones (MEN 2011 Award winner for Best Design for Doctor Faustus at the Royal Exchange); video design by Andrzej Goulding (winner of the inaugural Theatre and Technology Award for Creative Innovation in Video Design for Room in 2017); costume design by Anna Fleischle (Olivier Award winner, 2016 for Hangmen); and lighting design by Natasha Chivers (Olivier Award winner, 2007 for Sunday in the Park with George).

Sound design is by David McEwan (Music Producers Guild Award winner (2011)); music co-production and mixing is by Grammy Award-winning Oskar Winberg; and dramaturgy is by Lolita Chakrabarti, whose writing credits include the Uk Theatre Award-winning Life Of Pi. Alongside his performing role, Lukas McFarlane appears as Associate Choreographer.


Kate Prince & Sting
Message In A Bottle
The Peacock, WC2A
Thursday 6 February – Saturday 21 March 2020
Performances: Tuesday – Sunday; times vary
Tickets: £14 – £89
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or

Press night: Wednesday 19 February 2020

A Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK Production. Co-produced with Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry

Research and Development for the production is supported by The Movement, a dance producing partnership between Birmingham Hippodrome, The Lowry and Sadler’s Wells. Supported by Arts Council England, The Movement aims to nurture talent and bring large scale dance productions to even wider audiences

The Monument Trust supports new commissions at Sadler’s Wells

Tickets for Message In A Bottle are on public sale via and 020 7863 8000