Not only are the ladies fast becoming a sensation with fans, the audiences have recently seen the likes of Ru Paul, Geri ‘Ginger Spice’ Horner, Jimmy Carr and Glee’s Amber Riley popping in to see what all the fuss is about in the last few weeks alone. Tonight’s appearance on The One Show (before the girls dash down Shaftsbury Avenue for the evening’s performance) will give millions more Six fever. In a few days, they will be mixing with theatre royalty as they attend the Olivier Awards where the cast has the unique honour of a joint nomination for Best Supporting Actress, as well as Best Musical. I popped backstage for a cheeky chat with the cast and had almost as much fun as I did watching them tear up the stage. Honestly, if I could I would have given the show six stars.
WHAT IS SIX ABOUT?
Six tells the alternate history (or HER-story) of Henry VII’s wives. Each gets a song to put her case for having the worst time with the notorious womaniser and just when you think you have a favourite, the next showstopping show-off steals your vote. Of course, it’s not long before the ladies turn the tables on the merry monarch and the history books.
WHO STARS IN SIX?
Jarneia Richard-Noel as Catherine of Aragon, Millie O’Connell as Anne Boleyn, Natalie Paris as Jane Seymour, Alexia McIntosh as Anna of Cleves, Aimie Atkinson as Katherine Howard, Maiya Quansah-Breed as Catherine Parr and Grace Mouat is Swing / Dance Captain (and took the stage as Katherine Parr the day I saw the show and met the girls).
HOW DID SIX THE MUSICAL START?
It sounds more like a fairytale that history, but the show started as an August 2017 Edinburgh Fringe production presented by Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society, created and written by two of the students, Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. That December it had a trial week run at London’s Arts Theatre. A UK tour in 2018 was followed by a six-week return to the Arts Theatre and another UK tour.
The current run reopened in January for 17 weeks but has now been extended to January 2020.
Long may they reign over us.
HOW LONG IS THE SHOW?
The show breaks all the rules including the standard two-act musical tradition with its speedy 75 minutes runtime, with no interval. No wonder the theatre bar opens up as a party base after the show finishes, so the fun doesn’t have to stop.
HOW TO BOOK TICKETS FOR SIX?
Six the Musical at the Arts Theatre: Tickets and booking information here