Message in a Bottle

Katie Prince's new production is sure to thrill both pop and dance fans as the talented choreographer brings the music of legendary singer Sting to life on the stage. Peter Gray reports.

This forthcoming production at the Peacock theatre sees triple Olivier Award nominee Kate Prince weaving her considerable magic around the music of pop superstar Sting. The play, Message in a Bottle, features a plethora of hits by the Grammy Award winning singer, including Englishman in New York, Fields of Gold, Walking on the Moon and Every Breath You Take.

Kate Prince

Prince, the creative force behind such innovative blockbusters as Some Like It Hip Hop, Into The Hoods and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, has forged a reputation for her breathtakingly innovative and energetic productions and for a compelling mix of contemporary music & dance.

The choreographer is also known for her work on such high profile productions including the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and the BBC1 ballroom dancing flagship, Strictly Come Dancing.

Message in a Bottle

Princess latest project, Message in a Bottle, combines “exhilarating dance styles, dazzling footwork and breathtaking athleticism” to tell the story of three members of the same family. The website for the production says: “A village alive with joyous celebrations is suddenly under siege. Everything changes forever. Determined and daring, three parted siblings step out on their own extraordinary adventures”.

The Police

If the title of the new production sounds familiar, and it will do to most, that’s because Message in a Bottle is also the name of a smash hit song by rock band The Police. The tune was penned by the groups lead singer Sting, whose real name is the slightly more ordinary sounding Gordon Sumner. The song is just one of countless hits written by the Police star, who also dabbles in film and theatre. The singer rose to prominence in the late seventies, at the height of the punk era. Sumner, alongside fellow band members Andy Summers and Stuart Copeland, enjoyed a long unbroken run of chart successes which included Roxanne, Synchronity, King of Pain and Message in a Bottle.

Announcing that he was leaving the group in 1984, the artist immediately launched a solo career. The Dream of the Blue Turtles, his first solo album was launched a few months after the split.

Since then, Sting has released a string of successful solo albums with the artist moving a little further away from the Police sound with each further release.

In 2014, the artist branched out into musical theatre with the production The Last Ship. Sumner wrote the music and lyrics for the musical with John Logan and Brian Yorkey providing the screenplay. The musical tells the story of Sting’s own childhood and his recollections of the shipbuilding industry in the North East.

Message in a Bottle is currently closed due to the Coronavirus Crisis. More information on this event can be found here.

Information on other dance events in London can be found here.



-London Dance Events-
What: dance theatre
When: 6 Feb - 21 Mar 2020
Where: Peacock Theatre