★★★★★★ 👑👑👑👑👑👑 Six – The Musical
The atmosphere as you entered the Arts Theatre to see Six – The Musical was electric. The excitement in the air was palpable, and all before you’d even got into the theatre. There was a wonderful feeling of anticipation and an audience clearly determined to have a glorious time. And boy, did we have a great night, so much so I felt that everybody would have willingly turned around and watched the 75-minute show over again!
|Six - The Musical|
Six is based on the life stories of Henry VIII’s six wives but quoting the blurb, ‘from Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take the mic to tell their tale, remixing five hundred years of her-storical heartbreak into a celebration of sisterly sass-itude’. This is, by no means, a dry resumé of dusty history but a celebration of feisty women at their sassiest best, with or without their heads!
This home-grown ‘histo-remixed’ pop-concert musical by the enormously gifted, witty, innovative and mega-talented Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss returns to London after a tremendous run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. But be warned it’s only in London for a few weeks, and if it’s not back again after a short tour I’ll eat my ruff! This surely must find a more permanent home as it has cult classic written all over in copper plate and using a quill pen!
The actual history lesson contained within the show, tells the story of Henry’s six wives in turn – Aragon, Boleyn, Seymour, Cleves, Howard and Parr. It is in effect a sing-off to establish who had the worst time as his wife – two headless wives, I would have thought won hands, or should that be, heads down?
The wives played by Jarneia Richard-Noel, Millie O’Connell, Natalie Paris, Alexia McIntosh, Aimie Atkinson, Maiya Quansah-Breed and Grace Mouat, who was on as swing for Catherine Parr, totally rip up the stage with their undiluted enthusiasm, outrageously fabulous singing and dancing, and entirely infectious performances. I’m breathless, and all I’m doing is writing about it!
|Jarneia Richard-Neal and Aimie Atkinson|
Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’ inventive score draws ‘Queenspiration’ from pop music royalty including Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Adele, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Arianna Grande and many more, and is an absolute joy and guaranteed to lift the most jaded of souls.
|Millie O'Connell and Natalie Paris|
Everything about Six hits the highest notes, with intelligent and sparkling direction by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, tight, sensuous choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille and a knock-out all-girl band who take the score and production to another level.
|Maiya Quansah-Breed and Alexia McIntosh|
Six is most definitely a ten; however, in the theatrical world of stars, it must be a five. Seemingly that is now history too, as six stars are, without a doubt, here by royal command. And who would dare argue with these fabulous Queens?
So set your sassometer to Six, and watch out Hamilton, these Queens are coming for you!
Production photography by Idil Sukan
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