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SIX the Musical
29th October 2019 - 3rd November 2019
Nominated for 5 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, the sell-out London smash hit ‘SIX’ is the phenomenon everyone is losing their head over!
From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red.
Direct from the West End, the sell-out smash hit SIX is ‘the best the West End has to offer’ (Daily Telegraph).
Think you know the rhyme, think again….
Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE!
Age guidance: 10+
Running time: 75 minutes (no interval)
★★★★★’ 75 minutes of exhilarating entertainment from 6 killer Queens. They will, they will rock you!’ Daily Express
★★★★★ ‘Captivating and exhilarating. Do yourself a favour and go and party with SIX. You won’t regret it! Attitude
★★★★ ‘Sassy, funny, sexy and funky. I predict a hit’ The Times
★★★★ ‘This Tudor take-off is perfectly executed’ Metro
★★★★ ‘Bursting at the corset with 21st Century sass and attitude’ Daily Mail
★★★★ ‘The best the West End has to offer’ Daily Telegraph
‘Ground breaking Henry VIII pop-musical is storming the West End’ The Sun
Production pictures feature the West End cast. Photography credit: Idil Sukan
My daughter introduced me to this musical several months ago after following it's success in The West End. We had both been eagerly awaiting the chance to see it live, along with a group of friends. Before the show, there was a buzz throughout the audience, which consisted of a wide range of ages.
All six queens were fantastic from start to finish; their singing was just incredible and their energy levels never dropped for a second! There were lots of laughs along the way, and a few thought-provoking moments too, particularly during Katherine Howard's song, Heart of Stone. As there were many teenagers and young adults in the audience, it was great that the megasix could be recorded on your phone, as a nice little reminder of a wonderful show.
As an added bonus and the perfect end to the night, we waited at stage door to meet the queens. Despite heavy rain and pretty miserable conditions, they were all happy to have a quick chat, sign programs and have their photos taken with their fans. My daughter was delighted to meet her idols and will never forget this evening.
Great music, great costumes and great EVERYTHING!
Choice Radio Worcester
The "six" of the title are, of course, the six wives of Henry VIII with their various destinies described here as "Divorced * Beheaded * Live* rather than the usual version. For on stage are the living incarnations of the six Queens as you have never seen them before as history - or rather her-story - is given a thorough upgrade to bring it well and truly into the 21st century. Anyone who enjoys the type of education imparted by the talented team at Horrible Histories will already know what to expect - traditional facts and figures neatly wrapped up in cleverly-written songs using modern terminology and expressions, here served up live on stage by the 6 feisty and independent-thinking Queens and their Ladies In Waiting (aka the 4-piece band).
And so it comes to pass that Aragon, Boleyn, Seymour, Cleves, Howard and Parr each have a story to tell and to convince the audience that they are the most worthy - and hard done by - of the wives, each has a song of their own. Those songs come after the rousing opening number which sets the scene perfectly, as if the audience is participating in a Spice Girls concert rather than a history lesson, which is exactly as it should be as you immediately know this is going to be something very different indeed. And clearly, from the packed theatre and the energetic and vocal response from the audience - not to mention the long queue at the merchandise stand - this was a much anticipated and welcome show. In addition to the songs, the wives jostle on stage trading insults in their attempt to outdo one other, in particular Boleyn for whom nothing surely can be more dramatic than losing her head.
Not all the Queens are from home-grown stock, of course, with Henry marrying a Spaniard and a German-only speaking German (there were truly weird times, absolutely ripe for mockery!) and the ensemble song "Haus Of Holben", with its Teutonic disco beat, is absolutely hilarious, superbly performed by the entire cast. As indeed to be fair were all the songs - whether they were fast-paced anthems or the slower laments of Seymour and Parr, these Queens can certainly bang out a tune!
After the six individual songs, the Queens are back together again for the rapturous finale - then the encore and the encore's encore with everyone on their feet singing and clapping and giving the show the send-off it truly deserved.
And then it was all over. Leaving the audience drained and wanting more but not getting it (as with all the best shows). Where did that 75 minutes go? Who knows but what you do know is, imperceptibly and with a smile on your face, you came away knowing far more about these ladies than you ever did before and that is very clever of the writers. To the extent that people came away from the theatre muttering "I never knew she did that...". Well now, thanks to this utterly brilliant show, you do! Very, very funny, informative, superbly choreographed and performed - what more could you ask for?
The show only premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe a couple of years ago and has already been a massive hit in the West End and in the States - Malvern is the second venue on its current tour. Fortunately - even bravely - the writers and producers of the show have kept to the original premise of having a 75-minute performance about the Queens only, rejecting calls from some quarters to add a second half, increase the length to have a more "standard" theatre running time and, heaven forbid, introduce this Henry character into the mix (who, according to the ladies, wasn't quite as "big" as he might have seemed…!).
If this isn't one of the most enjoyable musicals ever, I'll happily lose my head!
Absolutely brilliant show. Lots of laughs a few sad parts, but all in all excellent. Not what I was expecting, thanks for a brilliant night.
I don’t normally like stage musicals, but I loved this one. It features high energy dancing, clever lyrics, catchy tunes and a thoughtful “message” underneath. Fabulous performances by all concerned.
If you don’t like this, there is something wrong with you!!!
Excellent musical experience. Brilliantly unique.
Really enjoyed and a great way for students to learn their history as it was portrayed true to historical events as we know them.. would have liked the silent figure of Henry V111 in the background overlooking the story of his wives.. that would have been great.