Reviewed by Charlotte White
When I was younger, my little self was absolutely obsessed with the Tudors, to the point where I would practically force people to quiz me on them. Now, the incredibly talented Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss have written something that combines my two loves of Musical theatre and the Tudors in the form of Six the Musical! Telling the tale of Henry VIIIs six wives like you’ve never heard it before. If you think you know all there is to know about these amazing women who happened to catch the eye of one particular man, these girls are about to give you a lesson in ‘herstory’.
After a sold out run at the arts theatre earlier this year and taking the Edinburgh fringe by storm this year, Six is back on tour and we managed to catch it on it’s return to the Arts theatre in London. Directed by Jamie Armitage and Lucy Moss, Six is a 75 minute one act pop tudor extravaganza. The premise of the show being the wives are in competition with each other to see who had it worse from their large short tempered husband King Henry. So we here from them all as they tell their own versions of what happened all those years ago, in the stylings of pop icons such as Beyoncé, Adele, Rihanna and more! There’s something to suit every taste.
To start with we have Jarneia Richard-Noel as the first wife, Catherine of Aragon as she impresses the audience with her sassy number and riffs to ‘ruffle your ruffs’.
Millie O’Connell puts her own stamp on Henry’s second wife Anne Boleyn with hilarious one liners (mainly attempting to remind us about the unfortunate loss of her head) and a quirky rock song that is definitely one to make you want to get up and rock along with her.
The third wife, his supposed true love, Jane Seymour is played by Natalie Paris who tugs on your heart strings with an emotional ballad and breath taking vocals.
Alexia McIntosh causes a sensation as Anna of Cleves performing a sexy Nicky Minaj style number encouraging the audience to ‘get down’ with the German princess and party Tudor style.
The second of the three Catherines and fifth wife overall is the young, promiscuous Catherine Howard and Aimie Atkinson kicks it up a notch with a killer, upbeat, pop song. Aimie gives an amazing performance and delivers 100% full out on emotion and vocally.
With five down, we come to the final wife, Catherine Parr. Maiya Quansah-Breed is stunning on stage and reminds us there’s is so much more to the story then some people may realise.
The show is so cleverly thought out by co-creators Marlow and Moss and the lighting and choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille and Tim Deiling really help to bring the show together. All of the songs are so catchy and well written you’re bound to want to have the soundtrack on repeat 24/7 after watching. The whole piece is performed with such energy from start to finish and the cast work so well on stage, hitting every move and note to get those beautiful harmonies.
There is No way you’re not going to lose your head over Six. Some might say you would have a heart of stone if you didn’t at least enjoy it a little. So come on and get down like it’s 1499 because after all it’s all you’re gonna want to do after seeing this show, and it definitely is deserving of your love.
Six runs at the Arts Theatre until the 14th October after which it will tour to Kingston, Southampton, Salford and Glasgow. For tickets and more information please visit the Six website