Vaudeville Theatre, London
Since opening in 2017, Six the Musical has taken the world by storm, with productions running in the West End, Australia and Broadway, as well as on tour and cruise ships. Laden with awards, critical, and audience praise, it’s a history lesson you’ll want to revisit time and time again.
In Six, the wives of Henry VIII come back to life and remix five hundred years of trauma, grief, drama and exploits to decide who will get to lead their girl-power band. A series of stylistically varied songs chronicle their lives and how they got their place in the classic rhyme: Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived. It’s an 80-minute treat that flies by in a whizz of comedy, vocal excellence, spangly costumes and heart.
The incredible women who make up the cast give first-class solo performances, whilst also bouncing off of one another perfectly. The chemistry and camaraderie on stage is a joy to watch and alongside the stellar audience reaction, makes you really feel part of the girl power rewrite. From the opening beats the energy in Six‘s new home, the Vaudeville Theatre, is completely frenetic and doesn’t slow until you’re brought back to the real world when you step onto the Strand.
Gabriella Slade’s bedazzled costumes are the perfect combo of modern sass, mixed with historical elements. With Tim Deiling’s fantastically precise and impactful lighting the women sparkle like royal disco balls and the whole production is an explosion of brilliance. Like the whole show, Emma Bailey’s set has had a slight upgrade and continues to perfectly frame the Tudor tale. Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’ score continues to hit however many times you hear it and since last seeing the show, the small tweaks and tucks have made the whole thing tighter and chicer than ever before.
With huge energy, this royal riot is everything you could wish for and Six the Musical is sure to continue it’s reign long into the future. Move aside Henry, it’s these Queens we want to remember!
photo credit: Pamela Raith
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