until 14 October 2018
Six the Musical
I was dying to find out what the fuss was about, I was late coming to the phenomena of Six. Written by Cambridge Students Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss it has been a runaway success at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe and has now returned to London with a sell out show at the Arts Theatre. To be frank, I am not sure I can add anymore that has already been said, the press, online and otherwise has been awash with sparkling four, five and even six star reviews for this spectacularly unusual and refreshing show.
Since Primary school we have studied the story of Henry VIII and his six wives, how he broke from the Catholic Church, his quest for a son and his many mistresses. Historical novelists such as Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir have even retold the stories from the wives point of view. So what makes this so different?
Marlow and Moss portray Henry’s six wives as a contemporary girl band, introducing themselves as the Ex-Wives and then each having their chance to tell their individual story through song. Each competing as the wife who got the most BS from their husband the king. As well as being completely accurate (you would hope so, Moss studied history at Cambridge) the show cleverly draws parallels with today, bringing their stories bang up to date and showing us that there is not much difference between then and now.
Backed by a four piece band called ‘the ladies in waiting’, six amazing performers portray the most famous queens in history and give them an edge never seen before and the music simply shines and several days later it is still firmly stuck in my head (in a good way).
Gadzooks methinks that this is an impressive and highly tantilising show full of girlpower, sass and attitude.
There is absolutely no doubt that SIX will be around for a long time to come. I can’t wait to see it again and next time I shall take my girlfriends, they NEED to see this…Long Live the Queens!
Reviewer: Sammi O’Neill
And yes it is another 5 stars.
Catherine of Aragon – Jarneia Richard Noel
Anne Boleyn – Millie O’Connell
Jane Seymour – Natalie Paris
Anne of Cleeves – Alexia McIntosh
Katherine Howard – Aimee Atkinson
Catherine Parr – Maiya Quansah-Breed
Six is being performed at the Arts Theatre until the 14 October. The performance runs for 75 mins.
Rose Theatre Kingston: 31 Oct – 4 Nov
NST, Southampton: 13 Nov – 17 Nov
The Lowry, Salford Quays: 4 Dec – 16 Dec
SEC Glasgow: 20 Dec – 30 Dec