SIX The Musical – Arts Theatre until 14th October
Review by Caroline Hanks-Farmer
Six: Divorced, Beheaded, Live – Who’d have thought that history would become so seriously entertaining as this? Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, Six enjoyed runaway success at Edinburgh Fringe this year. Sold-Out, night after night, London now get’s to see what all the fuss is about.
A brief but hugely memorable history lesson awaits you at the Arts Theatre. Sexy, sassy, sensational, seductive, stunning and superb, are just six ways that you can describe this show and its awesome cast.
We all know the story of King Henry VIII’s six wives, but could you name them in order or tell the stories behind them? After seeing this musical I finally can answer yes to both these questions. But why is it so memorable? It’s catchy songs, sung by this feisty, liberated and empowered cast, accompanied by the tremendous all female band, really does stay with you for days. I can see why the show is a sell-out because its sheer fun.
Photo Credit: Idil Sukan
Each of the wives have a ‘Queenspiration’ meaning their musical style which ranges from Arianna Grande to Adele. Which was my favourite Queen? We are asked to decide which Queen was our favourite or rather who had the hardest story. Of course there is no answer to this and you are left championing all six wives.
The vocals are all outstanding along with sassy choreography (Carrie-Anne Ingrouille), perfectly complimented by superb lighting (Tim Deiling) and costumes (Gabriella Slade even made inconspicuous mic holders look fantastic). It really is a visual feast for the eyes. I could go on and on however the best thing is for me to show you and so below is short video excerpt of the final minute, which we were actively encouraged to film. Unheard of normally in a theatre, but such is the confidence and the desire to share their creation, it’s a great feature.
Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss have created something truly special here – a complete one of a kind, act of genius. Who knew history could be so entertaining? Seeing is believing though, so don’t take my word for it, go and see it for yourself!
SIX by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
6-7 Great Newport Street
Jarneia Richard-Noel (Catherine of Aragon),
Millie O’Connell (Anne Boleyn)
Natalie Paris (Jane Seymour)
Alexia McIntosh (Anna of Cleves)
Aimie Atkinson (Katherine Howard)
Maiya Quansah-Breed (Catherine Parr)
Grace Mouat (Swing/Dance Captain)
Ladies In Waiting (Band)
Musical Director: Katy Richardson
Associate Musical Director: Arlene McNaught
Drums: Alice Angliss
Guitar: Amy Shaw
Bass: Terri De Marco
Thursday 30 August –
Sunday 14th October
Box office:020 7836 8463
Tuesday – Friday at 8.00pm
Wednesday matinee 2.30pm
Saturday 4.00pm & 8.00pm
Sunday 4.00pm & 7.00pm
Gala night Wednesday 5 September