‘Something truly special’: SIX – Arts Theatre ★★★★★(★)

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Arts Theatre, London – booking until January 2020

This show just gets better and better. If you thought it was good before, it’s now outstanding! A brief but hugely memorable history lesson awaits you at the Arts TheatreSexy, sassy, sensational, seductive, stunning and superb, are just six ways that you can describe this show and its awesome cast.

Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy MossSix enjoyed runaway success at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. Selling out, night after night, it then received a short run in London, and the Queens are back and have five Olivier nominations.

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? Since seeing Six last year my husband couldn’t understand why I could answer every quiz question surrounding these Queens. After joining me in this revisit he can. 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 along with its history.

Each of the wives have a ‘Queenspiration’, meaning their musical style which ranges from Ariana 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 complemented 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.

In Summary

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? I managed to catch up with Lucy after the show and pleaded with her to consider doing the same with other periods of history. I’m sure this is what we’ve all been waiting for. These SIX Queens now rule the West End and long may their reign continue.

Listings
SIX  by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss

ARTS THEATRE
6-7 Great Newport Street
London
WC2H 7JB

Cast
Queens

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)

Ladies in Waiting

Associate Musical Director: Arlene McNaught

Drums: Alice Angliss

Guitar: Amy Shaw

Bass: Terri De Marco

www.artstheatrewestend.co.uk

Box office:020 7836 8463

Running time

75 mins
(no interval)

Social media
Facebook: sixthemusical
Twitter: @sixthemusical
Instagram: @sixthemusical

www.sixthemusical.com

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Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.
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Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.

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