Wednesday, 3 November 2021

REVIEW: SIX at the Vaudeville Theatre

SIX has been on the go since 2017 when Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss wrote the original musical for students at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then, it has rocketed sky-high and is now not only on the West End and a UK tour but on Broadway, Chicago and Boston, as well as touring on the other side of the world in Australia and New Zealand. The energy is unmatched and there is no sign of this show’s momentum slowing down any time soon.

Let’s face it, Henry the 8th is only memorable because of his 6 wives; so SIX introduces us to the powerful women whose lives were summarised in just one word: divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived. Each Queen ‘competes’ in a battle against the others to prove they had the most traumatic life, before coming together and rewriting ‘herstory’. 

There are no weak links in the cast and every Queen belted out their song with more passion than you will ever see in a musical. Each song, backed by a cool as a cucumber all-female 4-piece band (MD’ed by Lauren Atkinson), is completely varied in style, so you never tire within the 80-minute performance. Katherine Howard (Zara MacIntosh)’s song gave more of a heart-breaking insight into the kind of lives these women endured to be married to Henry, her emotions thick and cutting deep enveloped in such an overall cheery production. A special mention to Danielle Steers, as Catherine Parr, whose velvety vocals are completely unforgettable. 

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille’s choreography is slick and on and there are no words for how marvellous Gabriella Slade’s out of this world costumes are. The musical is aimed at a younger audience; with bright lights, confetti, glittery outfits and modern references- which makes you feel like you’re seeing a girl band live rather than sat in a history lesson. The best of both worlds! The Queens are sarcastic and feisty in their comic delivery, and SIX has that kind of self-awareness that holds onto the element of intimacy that I would imagine wowed the very first audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe 4 years ago. 

Review by Hannah Storey

Rating: ★★★★★

Seat: Stalls L5 | Price of Ticket: £55.50

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