Six The Musical

Last night we took a return visit to the smash hit Six The Musical at London's Arts Theatre. Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss's piece telling the story of Henry VIII Six Wives from their perspective, giving us the her-story.

The show which started as a college production and has now got World domination in its sight (productions are due to open in St Paul, Boston, Australia, a new UK tour and Broadway, with a production already running in Chicago) and it's not hard to see why it's so popular. Great music, staging and a tremendous company. The script is also superb and the Six queens thrive on their solos and the interactions with each other.

Jarneia Richard-Noel is magnificent as Catherine of Aragon. Her rich vocal quality shines across the show. "No Way" is sung with great gusto. Millie O'Connell's Anne Boleyn, like a naughty teenager on her social media, is a delight. I love Millie's performance of  "Don't Lose Ur Head", a young performer with bundles of energy and talent.

Natalie Paris dazzles as Jane Seymour, she gets the most powerful number in "Heart of Stone" which left me with goosebumps. She sings it to perfection. Vicki Manser playing the role of Anne of Cleeves is just born to be on the stage. She just completely at ease and you can see she's enjoying every second. She's one of those performers you can't take an eye off, she emotes excellently.

The Six Queens during the Megasix Finale. See the bottom of this review for a video.
Collette Guitart covering only her second performance Katherine Howard was strong with a fine vocal. As the company dance captain too, you can see her superb movement throughout. Maiya Quansah-Breed is stunningly vocally and shines throughout with great interaction with the cast and audience. She's got that star quality.

The group numbers, "Six Wives", "House of Holbein" and "Six" are magnificent, the blending of 6 amazingly talented young performers together with their energy and Carrie-Anne Ingrouille's choreography is first class.

A fantastic 4 piece band led by musical director, Katy Richardson, are a joy also. Supremely talented ladies.

A 75-minute joyous production it's easy to see why Six is selling out a month in advance in London. Brilliant from start to finish this is an unmissable piece of theatre. Get on your carriages and ride the her-story wave.

Six continues at the Arts Theatre in London with a UK tour starting in October. https://www.sixthemusical.com/.


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