Sadler’s Wells announces a Message In A Bottle film for 2024, and the UK & international tour dates.

Message In A Bottle, the acclaimed dance theatre production by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Kate Prince, set to the music of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, has been filmed for cinema release in 2024. The stage show embarks on a UK and international tour from May 2023.

Message In A Bottle received its World Premiere at Sadler’s Wells’ West End venue, The Peacock Theatre, in February 2020. Highly original dance combines with breathtaking music in an uplifting story of humanity and hope.

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

The international refugee crisis is at the center of Message In A Bottle – an imagined story about one displaced family, and a universal story of loss, fear, survival, hope, and love. A village alive with joyous celebrations is suddenly under siege. Determined and daring, three-parted siblings step out on their own extraordinary adventures.

Songs including “Every Breath You Take”, “Roxanne”, “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” and “Fields of Gold” feature in new arrangements by Alex Lacamoire, recorded by Sting and guest artists including Olivier Award-winner Beverley Knight. The show features the astonishing talents of dance storytelling powerhouse, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company. Message In A Bottle is produced by Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK co-produced with Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry, Salford.

THE FILM

The film will be released in UK cinemas from May 2024, in partnership with the Royal Opera House. Message In A Bottle will also be broadcast in the US as part of the PBS Great Performances season. This marks the first time Sadler’s Wells has filmed one of its productions for release in cinemas and is the first partnership between Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Opera House.

Stage2View, a leading independent company in the stage-to-screen world, teamed up with Mercury Studios and Sadler’s Wells to produce the film in a sound stage environment to maximize the unique creative opportunity. Kate Prince worked closely with BAFTA-winning screen director Marcus Viner to capture the show on six Arri-LF 4k cameras to ensure the highest possible quality film capture.

KATE PRINCE & STING

Kate Prince said: “Having the opportunity to film on a sound stage gave us the ability to capture each element of the show from the best possible angle, allowing the audience to truly appreciate the agility and athleticism of the dancers and draw them fully into the story. I am so excited that Message In A Bottle will hit cinemas next year, as well as the stage show embarking on a major tour.”

Sting said: “When I first saw Message In A Bottle, I was overwhelmed by all the different styles of dance in the show. What I really didn’t expect was to be so emotionally engaged in the story. Kate’s imaginative story and beautiful choreography have brought my songs to new life, and I am thrilled that there is now a film of the fantastic stage show.”

SIR ALISTAIR SPALDING

Sir Alistair Spalding CBE, Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director, and Chief Executive said: “It’s fantastic that we can bring Message In A Bottle to more people with this exciting film, which marks the first time one of our productions has been seen in cinemas. The meeting of Sting’s rich catalog of music and Kate Prince’s inventive and energy-filled choreography makes it a must-see show, with an important message at its heart.”

On stage, Message In A Bottle returns to Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre from 4 – 14 October 2023. Ahead of its London run the show tours to Southampton, Truro, Plymouth, Canterbury, and Salford this summer, as well as Zurich, Switzerland, and venues in Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE TOUR DATES

11 –13 May 2023 Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, UK

16 – 17 May 2023 Hall for Cornwall Truro, UK

19 – 20 May 2023 Theatre Royal Plymouth, UK

6 – 18 Jun 2023 MAAG Zurich, Switzerland

4 – 8 Jul 2023 The Marlowe Canterbury, UK

27 – 29 Jul Aug 2023 The Lowry Salford, UK

4 – 14 Oct 2023 Peacock Theatre London, UK

8 – 12 Nov 2023 De La Mar Theatre Amsterdam, Netherlands

15 – 19 Nov 2023 Oude Luxor Rotterdam, Netherlands

22 – 26 Nov 2023 Parkstad Limburg Theatre Heerlen, Netherlands

29 Nov – 3Dec 2023 Chasse Theatre Breda, Netherlands

6 – 10 Dec 2023 Martiniplaza Groningen, Netherlands

25 – 27 Jan 2024 Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

THE MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE CREATIVE TEAM

Director and Choreographer Kate Prince

Music and Lyrics Sting

Music Supervisor and New Arrangements Alex Lacamoire

Music Producer and Arranger Martin Terefe

Set Designer Ben Stones

Video Designer Andrzej Goulding

Costume Designer Anna Fleischle

Lighting Designer Natasha Chivers

Sound Designer David McEwan

Music Co-Producer and Mixer Oskar Winberg

Dramaturg Lolita Chakrabarti

Associate Choreographer Lukas McFarlane

Music Associate and Additional Arrangements DJ Walde

Resident Director/Choreographer Robia Milliner Brown

Assistant Choreographers Tommy Franzen and Lizzie Gough

STAGE2VIEW & MERCURY STUDIOS in association with SADLER’S WELLS & UNIVERSAL MUSIC present a PALAGIO PICTURES production

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

Associate Choreographer LUKAS McFARLANE Dramaturg LOLITA CHAKRABATI Sound Designer DAVID McEWAN

Lighting Designer NATASHA CHIVERS Costume Designer ANNA FLEISCHLE Video Designer ANDRZEJ GOULDING Set Designer BEN STONES

Music Co-Producer & Mixer OSKAR WINBERG Music Producer & Arranger MARTIN TEREFE Music Supervisor & New Arrangements ALEX LACAMOIRE

Executive Producers JOSHUA ANDREWS STUART GALBRAITH ELIZA LUMLEY SUZANNE WALKER Producer AUSTIN SHAW

Music & Lyrics STING Directed for the Screen by MARCUS VINER Director & Choreographer KATE PRINCE

KATE PRINCE MBE-DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER

Kate Prince is a director, writer, and choreographer. She is also the Artistic Director of ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company which she founded in 2002. Kate is an Associate Artist at both The Old Vic and Sadler’s Wells, where ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company is also a Resident Company.

In 2005 Sadler’s Wells commissioned the company’s first full-length work, Into the Hoods, conceived and directed by Kate. The show’s premiere in 2006 met with widespread critical acclaim and Into the Hoods went on to become the first hip-hop dance show to transfer to the West End in 2008, after two critically successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Kate’s further work with ZooNation includes the Olivier-nominated Some Like It Hip Hop (The Peacock, 2011- 13, 2019 and two UK tours), Groove on Down the Road (Southbank Centre, 2013-14), ZooNation: Unplugged (Sadler’s Wells, 2013), The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio, 2014 and Roundhouse, 2016), Into the Hoods: Remixed (The Peacock, 2015-16 and UK tour), and SYLVIA (The Old Vic, 2018). The company created special performances for Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations and for the Laurence Olivier Awards in 2011, creating new choreography for West Side Story with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

TV, THEATRE, AND ZOO NATION

For TV, Kate’s credits include work for Strictly Come Dancing, So You Think You Can Dance, The Royal Variety Show, Top of the Pops, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away, CD: UK, Blue Peter, Strictly Dance Fever, Sport Relief, The Album Chart Show, Discomania and PopWorld. Her film work includes choreography for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, StreetDance 3D, and The Holloway Laundrette, which she wrote & directed for BAFTA/Channel 4.

Other theatre work includes Everybody’s Talking About Jamie for Jonathan Butterell (Sheffield Crucible & West End, nominated for Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer), Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk (National Theatre), Stephen Mear’s Shoes (Sadler’s Wells and The Peacock), I Can’t Sing: The X-Factor Musical (London Palladium) and A Mad World My Masters (Royal Shakespeare Company), both for Sean Foley.

With ZooNation she has also created choreography for sporting events, including the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Handover Ceremonies (2008), the Opening Ceremony of the Tour de France (2007), and the IOC opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics at the Royal Opera House. In 2018, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company became an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and a registered charity, in recognition of its mission to inspire the next generation of theatergoers and theatremakers.

In 2020, Kate was the subject of the BBC Imagine Documentary series presented by Alan Yentob entitled Kate Prince: Every Move She Makes. Kate has been nominated for four Olivier Awards, a South Bank Sky Arts Award, a WhatsOnStage Award, and two Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. Kate has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Winchester and in 2019 Kate received an MBE for services to dance.

Most recently Kate co-wrote, directed, and choreographed SYLVIA at the Old Vic, for which she was nominated for the Gillian Lynne Olivier Award for Best theatre choreographer. Kate’s proudest achievement is being Leo’s wife and Ella’s mum.

STING-MUSIC AND LYRICS

Sting’s latest album, The Bridge showcases his prolific and diverse songwriting prowess and marks his 15th solo studio album. Representing various stages and styles from throughout his unrivaled career and drawing inspiration from genres including rock n’ roll, jazz, classical music, and folk, the eclectic album features Sting’s quintessential sound on pop-rock tracks such as the album’s opening rock salvo “Rushing Water” and new indie-pop sounding “If It’s Love.” To explore the album, please visit http://thebridge.sting.com

Last year, Sting kicked off his Las Vegas residency, “My Songs,” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The show presents a compendium of his most beloved songs with dynamic, visual references to some of his most iconic videos and inspirations with Sting treating fans to an array of greatest hits spanning his illustrious career, including “Roxanne,” “Message In A Bottle,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “Every Breath You Take” and several other fan favorites, plus brand new songs from his forthcoming album, The Bridge. The residency resumed in June 2022 with an extension in April 2023 just announced.

Sting’s critically acclaimed My Songs world tour is currently underway and finds the 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist performing his most beloved songs with an electric rock ensemble. The full tour itinerary can be found at www.sting.com/tour

Following the Grammy Award for their collaborative album, 44/876, rock icon Sting and Shaggy have joined forces again for Com Fly Wid Mi. The album, produced by Sting, features Shaggy singing the Sinatra songbook in a reggae style and has received a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album.

Amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sting decided to unearth his 1985 song, “Russians,” which was inspired by the Cold War and originally appeared on his debut solo album (The Dream of the Blue Turtles). “Russians (Guitar/Cello Version)” is now available on all digital platforms with net profits to benefit www.helpukraine.center– a volunteer storage center established by Ukrainian business owners where humanitarian and medical aid can be sent from all over the world – with funds being processed through the German charity foundation, Ernst Prost, People for Peace – Peace for People.

Last year, “Every Breath You Take” was added to Spotify’s ‘Billions Club,’ having amassed over 1 billion streams on the platform. Most recently, the correlating music video has surpassed 1 billion streams on YouTube. Sting made a guest appearance as a fictionalized version of himself in the Hulu TV series ‘Only Murders in the Building‘ starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez.

SADLER’S WELLS

Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading dance organization. We strive to make and share dance that inspires us all. Our acclaimed year-round program spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance, and tango to tap. We commission, produce, and present more dance than any other organization in the world. Since 2005, we have helped to bring more than 200 new dance works to the stage, embracing both the popular and the unknown. Our acclaimed productions tour the world. Since 2005 we’ve produced 64 new full-length works and performed to audiences of more than two million, touring to 51 countries.

Each year, over half a million people visit our three London theatres – Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Lilian Baylis Studio, and Peacock Theatre. Millions more attend our touring productions nationally and internationally or explore our digital platforms, including Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage. In 2024 we’re opening a fourth London venue in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sadler’s Wells East will house a 550-seat mid-scale theatre, as well as facilities for the Choreographic School and Hip Hop Theatre Academy.

Supporting artists is at the heart of our work. We have associate artists and companies, which nurture some of the most exciting talent working in dance today. We host the National Youth Dance Company, which draws together some of the brightest young dancers from across the country. Sadler’s Wells Breakin’ Convention runs professional development programmes to champion and develop the world’s best hip-hop artists, as well as producing, programming, and touring groundbreaking hip-hop performances.

Around 30,000 people take part in our learning and engagement programmes every year. We support schools local to our theatres in Islington and Stratford, designing experiences for children and young people to watch, explore and critically engage with the arts. We also run Company of Elders, a resident performance company of dancers aged over 60 who rehearse with renowned artists to make new work for public performances locally, nationally, and internationally.

Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. 

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