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Five Things You Might Not Know About The Peacock’s “Message In A Bottle”

Georgie Darling Georgie Darling

Five Things You Might Not Know About The Peacock’s “Message In A Bottle”

A mix of exhilarating dance styles, dazzling footwork and breathtaking athleticism is coming to The Peacock.

Message In A Bottle is the spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple-Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince. Running at Sadlers Wells’ The Peacock between 6 February and 21 March 2020, this Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK production tells a vital and uplifting story of humanity and hope. 

The upcoming show is the latest masterpiece from the ground-breaking creator behind Some Like it Hip Hop, Into The Hoods, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (choreography) and SYLVIA, and features the astonishing talents of dance storytelling powerhouse, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.

Sing along to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, including Roxanne, Every Breath You Take, Walking On The Moon, Fields Of Gold, Englishman In New York and Shape of My Heart. Here are five things you might not know about the show!

It started life as a ‘PS’

Kate Prince first put the idea for Message In A Bottle as a PS in an email to Alistair Spalding, the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells. Kate, who’s an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells, added a PS mentioning that she’d quite like to make a dance piece to the music of Sting. And so it began…

Its choreographer is a hip-hop legend

Kate Prince MBE has been a game-changer on the hip-hop theatre scene for nearly two decades. She founded dance company ZooNation – The Kate Prince Company in 2002, creating hugely successful shows, including Groove On Down The Road, Mad Hatters Tea Party, Some Like It Hip Hop and Into The Hoods. She also choreographed West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and the forthcoming film adaptation of the show; and her TV credits include Strictly Come Dancing, Top Of The Pops and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Sting was moved by rehearsals

Sting has described his experience at an early workshop for the production as ‘very emotional, not just because I was honoured that they were using my music to express something, but there was something happening at a deeper level.’ He adds: ‘I was blown away by it.’

It has amazing music

Not only does the show feature the music of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, music supervisor for the show and overseeing the new arrangements is Alex Lacamoire – a Grammy and Tony Award winner for his work on musicals, including the critically acclaimed Hamilton (2016). He’s also worked on In The Heights (2008), Dear Evan Hansen (2017), Carmen La Cubana (2016) and The Greatest Showman (2017), and is an Emmy Award winner for Fosse/Verdon (2019).

It has an all-star dance cast

Dancers in the show have a number of stage and screen productions under their belts. Lukas McFarlane won Got to Dance in 2013; Nafisah Baba won BBC Young Dancer in 2017; and dancers Tommy Franzen and Lizzie Gough were finalists on So You Think You Can Dance, back in 2010. Tommy will also make an appearance in the upcoming movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s CATS.

Message In A Bottle makes its world premiere at Sadler’s Wells’ West End theatre, The Peacock, from 6 Feb – 21 Mar 2020. To book, call the ticket office on 020 7863 8000 or book online. Photos: Johan Persson.


Also published on Medium.