The first wave of press lost their heads over SIX The Musical during its sell-out Edinburgh Fringe season last month. Now it's the turn of London reviewers. And, my queen, have they been raving! Didn't you know six-star reviews are now a thing? The real question: just how many can one show receive? Check out our - far from comprehensive - round-up to get an idea...
From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six ill-treated wives of Henry VIII seize the mic to tell their stories. With songs including Ex Wives, Haus of Holbein and Don’t Lose Ur Head, this pop concert remixes five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an evening of 21st-century sass. If you thought SIX was all about one man – you thought wrong!
The cast are:Aimie Atkinson (as Katherine Howard), Natalie Paris (Jane Seymour), Alexia McIntosh (Anna of Cleves), Jarneia Richard-Noel (Catherine of Aragon), Maiya Quansah-Breed (Catherine Parr) and Millie O'Connell (Anne Boleyn) with Grace Mouat (Swing/Dance Captain). Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, this new production is directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage with choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille.
Tom Finch: "Every now and then a show comes along that is so well put together, so engaging and so hugely enjoyable that five stars doesn’t quite seem enough. If only there was the option to award six stars."
Caroline Hanks-Farmer: "Who’d have thought that history would become so seriously entertaining as this..? Sexy, sassy, sensational, seductive, stunning and superb, are just six ways that you can describe this show and its awesome cast."
Gary Naylor: "That's a lot of history to start a review for a peppy, poppy, sexy, sassy show isn't it..? These glittery, glamourpuss gorgeouses reclaim their narratives, define themselves not glimpsed at in the shade of their husband, but as women in their own right."
Greg Stewart: "Totally unique and fresh, an incredible blend of modern sounding pop and rock anthems which would be more at home in an arena than a theatre, whipping the audience in to a frenzy like nothing I’ve seen before."
Richard Voyce: "Totes amazeballs and halle-flippin-lujah! It may have taken eight months, but London finally has its first solid gold, bona-fide, new, home-grown musical hit of 2018, and it's more than worth the wait."
Mark Swale: "One of the hottest shows of 2018, Six has taken history, spun it on its head, challenged it and smashed it into pieces. Hamilton may be in trouble: there are new girls on the block and they've come to steal your fans!"
Sarah McPartlan: "Where else in the West End can you see an all-female cast and band making sure that history is told from the woman’s point of view? Fun, empowering and clever – move over Elizabeth, there are six new Queens on the block."