Vaudeville Theatre, London
I have written about Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’ Six before back in 2018, and it is still a show I am immensely fond of – from its original run at the Arts Theatre, a brief flirt with Lyric Theatre, a delayed Broadway run and now in its new permanent West End home of the Vaudeville. (It is also concurrently touring across the UK and Ireland)
I like Six because it is short, the costumes look amazing, it focuses on female talent from the six leading queens to the backing band and it has a range of songs and talent rarely seen in many musicals. The new home doesn’t improve on a show that not only has a loyal fanbase, who ensured success spread via word of mouth, but is constantly gaining new fans.
Six’s strength isn’t in its songs but in its humour as it looks at the state of patriarchy and power of monarchy for a man to summon and dismiss these women and history’s obsession with their tragic marriages and lives. It starts off as a battle for their own supremacy but evolves into a tale of sisterhood and giving these women, best known as portraits, their own personalities not just through song.
If you haven’t seen SIX then do believe the hype, it is a fun 90 minutes with some great songs and will have its own place in history as a female-led show that can get in everyone.
Sing-along performance is scheduled for 23 January 2022
‘If you haven’t yet seen it, believe the hype’: @braintree_ has been a fan of #SixTheMusical ever since its original London run at @theartstheatre. She welcomes it to its new permanent #WestEnd home at the Vaudeville. #theatrereviews #herstory