Six the Musical: Arts Theatre, London
Reviewed 22nd January 2018
This brand new musical which started life with the Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 tells the story of King Henry VIII’s wives. From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII sing their way out of the history books and into the spotlight. With songs including ‘Ex Wives’, ‘Haus of Holbein’ and ‘Don’t Lose Ur Head‘ it remixes five hundred years of historical heartbreak into one hour of 21st century sass.
Think you know all about Henry VIII’s six wives? You don’t know anything until you have heard them compete in a singing show down complete with enough sass to rival any queen. Vocally the entire cast was on point at all times from Renée Lamb’s, Catherine of Aragon, riffs and comic timing to the sex and sass from Aimie Atkinson as Catherine Howard. They were all on fire.
The fast paced, comic and catchy songs written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss are fantastic. It is an interesting and brave concept and it totally works. Enough history to keep the historians happy and certainly enough power to behold any queen. From the offset the songs are memorable, fun and set the scene for this outstanding night of entertainment.
Natalie Paris, Jane Seymour, impresses with her vocal range and power during her strong ballad whilst Christina Modestou is a comic genius in her portrayal of the slightly ditsy Anne Boleyn. This show is hilarious in all the right ways from the clever lyrics to the witty one liners.
Genesis Lynea oozes attitude as Anna of Cleeves and certainly knows how to own a stage whilst Izuka Hoyle excells as Catherine Parr – the only surviving wife of Henry VIII.
The choreography from Cressida Carre further enhances the show. The six cast members barely leave the stage during the production providing backing vocals and dancing. The clever choreography was fun, bouncy and fresh. The strong positions and quick movements were always in time to the music and the use of the tight stage was great.
Everything from the lighting, by newcomer Rebecca Fry, to the on stage band worked seamlessly to create a fantastic night out!
There are not enough superlatives to explain how good this show is. It certainly deserves another run in the UK. From its sell out success in London and the critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe this new musical is set to become a huge hit. It certainly was with tonights audience who were cheering and clapping throughout the show. Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss have definitely got a hit here and their fresh, innovative approach to musical theatre could deliver more showstoppers in the future. This show and its creators are definitely something to watch out for!
For more information about this show and its creators see Twitter: @sixthemusical and sixthemusical.com