Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, Van Gogh Alive will remain closed until further notice.

Bookings have been suspended and all ticket holders have been contacted. Thank you for your ongoing patience. Stay safe.

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This production is affected by Birmingham Hippodrome’s temporary closure. The performances due to take place between Wed 8Thu 9 Apr 2020 have been rescheduled to Tue 4 – Wed 5 May 2021. Ticket holders for the original dates have been contacted. For further information, please click here.

Directed and Choreographed by Kate Prince
Based on the songs of Sting
With ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company

Message In A Bottle is the spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple Olivier Award nominee and Hippodrome Associate, Kate Prince 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.

With a mix of exhilarating dance styles, dazzling footwork and breathtaking athleticism set to the music of Sting, Message In A Bottle tells a vital and uplifting story of humanity and hope. 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.

Alongside Sting, Message In A Bottle features two other incredible vocalists. Following her collaboration with Kate Prince in ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company’s SYVLIA (2018), award-winning vocalist and actress Beverley Knight MBE performs lead vocals on new interpretations of Invisible Sun, If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, and Fields Of Gold. Lynval Golding, rhythm guitarist and vocalist for British ska revival band, The Specials, appears on the track The Bed’s Too Big Without You.

Message In A Bottle 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.

A Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK production co-produced with Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry, Salford. Research and development supported by The MOVEment.


Tickets from £15

Prices and discounts subject to change, postage from £1.50.

Age guidance



Main House

Boxes for this production are currently not on sale. Please check back or contact us on 0844 338 5000 for more information (calls cost 4.5p per min plus access charge).

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4 May
7.30pm From: £15 Book Now
5 May
2.00pm From: £15
Audio Described

Audio Described

If you are blind or partially sighted, listen to a live description of all the action with a discreet headset at this performance. Book by phone to get the best seats for your needs.

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5 May
7.30pm From: £15 Book Now
Discounts & Concessions


We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to Birmingham Hippodrome.


£10 off Tue 4 May, 7.30pm, price bands A+/A – C
thereafter, £5 off A+/A, £6 off B-D
(Limited availability)


Price bands A-D
8+ tickets – Save £4 per ticket
16+ tickets – Save £5 per ticket 1 FREE ticket
24+ tickets – Save £6 per ticket plus 2 FREE tickets

Please be aware that discounts are not applicable within the following areas:
Price Band A+ Stalls rows A – K
Price Band A+ Circle rows A – K

Call our dedicated Group Sales Team on 0844 338 7000 or email groupsales@birminghamhippodrome.com for more information and to book now!

CLICK HERE for further information on Group Bookings


Parties of 10 or more pay £16 per ticket (Price Bands C-E) plus 1 free ice cream per child and 1 teacher goes FREE with every 10 tickets booked.

For School bookings, please send your request from an official school email address to groupsales@birminghamhippodrome.com. Please include performance date and time, total number of tickets for both students and staff, your contact telephone number, the full billing address and any access requirements.Upon receipt of the above information, we shall reserve seats for you (subject to availability) and send you a copy of your order confirmation by email.

CLICK HERE for further information on School Bookings


£15 tickets, Wed 8 April, price bands C-E (limited availability)


£3 off price band A, £4 off B–D, Wed-Thu perfs


£5 off each ticket in all seating areas.
2-for-1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.

CLICK HERE for more information on our Access Performances


24 hours prior to a performance, best available seats for the lowest price, maximum 2 per booker, subject to availability

CLICK HERE for further information on our Standby Rate and our On the Day Postcode Scheme for Birmingham residents living in B6, B9, B10, B11 and B21


Discounts and Concessions are offered subject to availability at the discretion of the Information and Sales Manager. Top three price bands only, unless otherwise stated. Restrictions may apply. Only one discount per ticket may apply, unless otherwise stated. Offers are non retrospective and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid ID must be presented where applicable. Additional discounts may be offered from time to time.

Food & Drink

Our Bars

You’ll receive a warm welcome at our Foyer Bars, conveniently positioned for both Stalls and Circle levels.

Coffee Bar

Our Coffee Bar is open all day for Quarter Horse barista coffee and a quick and tasty bite to eat.

Assisted Performances

We strive to provide access for all

For dates of audio-described, captioned or British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted performances, please see below. These vary from show to show. It is always best to book through our Access phone line 0121 689 1060 when booking assisted performances.

  • Audio Described: Wed 5 May 2021, 2pm
  • Touch Tour: Wed 5 May 2021, time tbc. Touch Tours give visually impaired patrons the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the set, props and costumes. Tours must be booked in advance through Ticket Sales.

Concessions for patrons with disabilities

£5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.
Limited availability.

CLICK HERE for more information on our Accessible Performances

“Pulse-racingly choreographed by Kate Prince”

Time Out (on Everybody's Talking About Jamie)

“Glorious. This show has wit, heart and magnificent energy”

The Independent (on Some Like It Hip Hop)

“You don’t get much more feel good than this funk-fuelled, fast-paced hip hop fairytale”

Evening Standards (on Into The Hoods)


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