From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic in Six the Musical to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute (no interval) celebration of 21st century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red and my 3 girls ages 10,10 and 11 utterly LOVED it.
Since its early days as a student production in a 100-seat room at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Six the Musical has fast become a global musical phenomenon. As well as a pretty much sold out UK tour which is continuing into 2023 as a London musicals and a third royal residence in the West End, SIX the Musical currently has productions playing on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and at the Sydney Opera House prior to an Australian and New Zealand tour, with a major US tour coming soon.
The Queens in the UK tour of Six the Musical are played by Chloe Hart (Catherine of Aragon), Jennifer Caldwell (Anne Boleyn), Casey Al-Shaqsy (Jane Seymour), Aiesha Pease (Anna of Cleves), Jaina Brock-Patel (Katherine Howard) and Alana M Robinson (Catherine Parr). The cast are backed by the show’s all-female band, The Ladies in Waiting. With just 6 cast members (and the band) on stage throughout the Queens give it their all.
Without exception the Queens in Six the Musical were all fantastic with truly incredible costumes (how do they make them?) that we are still talking about now. At the start of the show you’re asked to decide which of the Queens were treated the most badly by Henry the 8th and which you’d vote for. This meant that throughout their solos my three kept a note of who was their favourite and why and we debated this on the way home listening to the soundtrack on Spotify. It’s not even been 24 hours since it finished and we’ve listened to it twice already. I’ll know all the words by the end of the week I’m sure.
Each of the Queens in Six the Musical seems to have a similar amount of time on stage while they sing ‘Herstory’ rather than perhaps the one we all know. We all loved the twist on the classic tales and the sass with which all of the stories are told, never too earnest, always silly and camp and fun. The songs are full of innuendo, some which my 10 and 11 year olds got, some like references to playing on his pipe at 13 they thankfully did not.
Lily’s favourite song and Queen was Anne Boleyn singing ‘Don’t lose your head’;
“I’m that Boleyn girl and I’m up next. See, I broke England from the church, yeah I’m that sexy. Why did I lose my head? Well my sleeves may be green but my lipstick’s red…”Anne Boleyn – Six the Musical
Izzy loved the German techno Anna of Cleves and the spectacular that was Haus of Holbein (search it on Tik Tok!)
“Ich bin Anna of Cleves, Ja! When he saw my portrait, he was like Ja! But I didn’t look as good as I did in my pic. Funny how we all discuss that, but never Henry’s little pr….”Anna of Cleves – Six the Musical
Eve (the most sensitive of us all) enjoyed Jane Seymour’s slower and more emotional ‘Heart of Stone’.
“Jane Seymour, the only one he truly loved. When my son was newly born I died, But I’m not what I seem. or am I? Stick around and you’ll suddenly see more”Jane Seymour – Six the Musical
Six the Musical has been compared to Hamilton with its historical backdrop and storytelling, and quick, fast modern songs. As Hamilton uber fans we agree, and this performance of Six the Musical has been placed firmly in the top 3 musicals my three have seen, joint second with last weeks Mama Mia according to Lily (age 11).
If you get the chance to buy tickets for Six the Musical then do. This is a story told exclusively by women, but most definitely not just for women as the young boy watching in front of me would definitely testify.
We absolutely LOVED it!
Where can I watch Six the Musical?
Tue 12 — Sat 16 April LIVERPOOL Empire Theatre
Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 1JE
BOX OFFICE 0333 0096690 1 atgtickets.com/liverpool
Tue 19 — Sat 30 April SHEFFIELD Lyceum Theatre
55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 1DA
BOX OFFICE 0114 249 6000 1 sheffieldtheatres.com
Tue 3 — Sat 14 May CARDIFF Wales Millennium Theatre
Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL
BOX OFFICE 029 2063 6464Iwmc.org.uk
Tue 17 — Sun 29 May KINGSTON Rose Theatre
24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL
BOX OFFICE 020 7174 0090 1 rosetheatrekingston.org
Tue 31 Apr — Sun 5 May EASTBOURNE Congress Theatre
Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4BP
BOX OFFICE 01323 412 000 1 eastbournetheatres.co.uk
Tue 7 — Sat 12 June SOUTHAMPTON Mayflower
Empire Lane, Southampton, S015 1AP
BOX OFFICE 02380 711811 1 mayflower.org.uk
Tue 14 — Sun 19 June GLASGOW Theatre Royal
282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA
BOX OFFICE 03330 096 690 1 atgtickets.com/glasgow
Wed 22 June — Sat 2 July CHELTENHAM Everyman Theatre
Regent Street, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ
BOX OFFICE 01242 572 573 leverymantheatre.org.uk
Tue 5 — Sun 10 July CHESTER Storyhouse
Hunter Street, Chester CH1 2AR
BOX OFFICE 0844 815 7202 1 storyhouse.com
Tue 12 — Sat 16 July AYLESBURY Waterside Theatre
Exchange St, Aylesbury HP20 1UG
BOX OFFICE 03330 096 690 1 atgtickets.com/Aylesbury
Tue 19 — Sat 23 July BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
New Road, Brighton BN1 1SD
BOX OFFICE 03330 096 690 1 atgtickets.com/brighton
Tue 26 — Sun 31 July NOTTINGHAM Theatre Royal
Theatre Square, Nottingham NG1 5ND
BOX OFFICE 0115 989 5555Itrch.co.uk
Tue 2 — Sun 14 August SALFORD The Lowry
Pier 8, Salford Quays M50 3AZ
BOX OFFICE 0843 208 6000 I thelowry.com
Wed 17 — Sun 21 August BELFAST Grand Opera House
2-4 Great Victoria St, Belfast BT2 7HR
BOX OFFICE 0289 0241919Igoh.co.uk
Tue 23 — Sat 27 August DERRY Millennium Forum
3 Newmarket St, Londonderry BT48 6EB
BOX OFFICE 028 71264455 1 millenniumforum.co.uk
Tue 30 Aug — Sat 3 September BLACKPOOL Opera House
Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HU
BOX OFFICE 0844 856 1111 1 wintergardensblackpool.co.uk
Tue 6 — Sun 11 September TRURO Hall for Cornwall
Back Quay, Truro TR1 2LL
BOX OFFICE 01872 262466 1 hallforcornwall.co.uk
Tue 20 — Sat 24 September BRISTOL Hippodrome Theatre
St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol, BS1 4UZ
BOX OFFICE 03330 096 690 I atgtickets.com/bristol
Tue 4 — Sat 8 October SWINDON Wyvern Theatre
Theatre Square, Swindon SN1 1QN
BOX OFFICE 0343 310 0040 1 swindontheatres.co.uk
Tue 17 — Sat 21 January PLYMOUTH Theatre Royal Plymouth
Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR
BOX OFFICE 01752 267222 I theatreroyal.com
FURTHER DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
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