Review: SIX the musical

SIX the musical, returned to the Grand Opera House this week for an almost sold out run (currently there are only tickets available for Thursday late afternoon show)

If you hadn’t heard, SIX is a remix of what you know about the 6 wives of Henry VIII or as they call it themselves, historemix. The 6 Tudor Queens become Pop Princesses and take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute retelling of history, or maybe it’s herstory.

This award winning show has a globally successful soundtrack, it’s the second most streamed musical theatre soundtrack ever. The show is so successful that it has returned to the Grand Opera House less than a year after its last visit.

SIX retells the Queens’ version of events as they compete with each other in storytelling and music to be the one who suffered the most, but in the end they realise that their story should be about them reclaiming history and taking control  as SIX women who were divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.

It’s a new style of musical theatre, a style inspired by the phenomenon that is Hamilton, and much like Hamilton it’s a largely younger audience, a new generation of musical theatre lovers out experiencing and loving something that strikes a chord with them. 

Our touring Queens were Chlöe Hart (Catherine of Aragon), Jennifer Caldwell (Anne Boleyn), Casey Al-Shaqsy (Jane Seymour), Jessica Niles (Anna of Cleves), Jaina Brock-Patel (Katherine Howard) and Alana M Robinson (Catherine Parr). You’ll have your favourite, I’d love to know who yours was, for me it was Chloe Hart as Catherine of Aragon. Just WOW!

It’s 80 minutes of non stop performance (there’s no interval), and is more like a concert than you’d expect, and as with all concerts with an all girl lineup it’s loud on stage and in the audience. If the Spice Girls manage to get a mention, you know you’re in girl power territory here. You’ll be getting wowed so much by all the music, talent and awesome Queens on stage it’ll all be over before you know it, and you’ll most likely want to watch it all over again, and again!

I wonder how long it’ll be before SIX returns to the Grand Opera House, hopefully not too long, because there’s definitely a demand for it. 


Production image of Six

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