Six @ Arts Theatre*

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tickets and more information: https://artstheatrewestend.co.uk/whats-on/six/
Running until: 14th October 2018
Production Photos by: Idil Sukan

Your new favourite girl band has arrived on the West End. Rewriting herstory at the Arts Theatre is Six, a new musical based on the six wives of Henry VIII where they are at the forefront, telling their side of the story in fishnets, spiked boots and with a whole lot of girl power.

Photo by Idil Sukan/Draw HQ

Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow’s incredibly clever show takes inspiration from iconic female artists and incorporates their influence into the upbeat and exciting score. The range of styles amongst the queens, made them stand out all the more. For example, Jarneia Richard-Noel’s Catherine of Aragon’s fierce number No Way is reminiscent of Beyonce’s album Deja Vu, while Natalie Paris’ Jane Seymour’s Unbreakable could’ve been plucked from a Sia album and the thrilling opening group number Ex-Wives could easily thrill a stadium full of Little Mix fans. To be entirely frank, I could list all of the songs in the show they are all such bops all of the songs could easily take over the top 40 chart.

Photo by Idil Sukan/Draw HQ

Like the songs, the six actresses playing the queens all have different vocal styles and yet they all blend so well together. From Millie O’Connell’s sweet Anne Boleyn and Aimie Atkinson’s belting Katherine Howard down to Alexia McIntosh’s Nicki Minaj inspired Anna of Cleves and Maiya Quansah-Breed’s slow-tempo Catherine Parr. There is not a weak link among the cast and the moments they all come together are magical.

Photo by Idil Sukan/Draw HQ

With choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, musical direction from Katy Richardson and an all female band, Six is a serious masterpiece. After missing the workshop productions at the Arts last year, I’m so glad I managed to catch the show. The 75 minute run time absolutely flew by and I didn’t want it to end. With a range of shows putting women at the forefront soon to be opening in the West End, Six is not to be missed as it is a truly exciting, feminist and empowering production. More like it, please!

Until next time,

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