Edinburgh Fringe phenomenon SIX returns to the Arts Theatre in January for an extended year-long run. Oh, and did we mention the Queens are also performing in Chicago for a few dates, too? Not too shabby! Here are six reasons why you should get down and grab a ticket to see this show this year.
- It’s a Word-of-Mouth Phenomenon
The show has become a huge hit thanks to its fans spreading the word across social media. Due to audience rapport, the show not only sold out at Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 but had to add extra shows to cater to public demand – now that’s a royal reception! If fans are this vocal about the show, then there has to be some truth in their praises
2. It’s Quite Short
Most musicals are 2 ½ hours long with an interval which, let’s be honest, can get a bit boring at times. Instead, SIX is a rapid-fire 75-minute long show which will keep you entertained the entire way through.
3. It makes history, HER-Story
The show takes Henry VIII’s six wives from the well-loved rhyme and gives them a voice. Each Queen has her own solo number, allowing her room to present herself – rather than being known as a King’s wife. It gives a feminist spin on history as we know it, and we couldn’t love it any more.
4. Pop Concert or Musical?
With little scenery and an epic band, the show bridges itself neatly into pop concert and musical. Heralded as “Tudor Queens turned Pop Princesses”, the leading ladies own the stage as if they’re Beyoncé on a world tour.
5. The Cast and Band
SIXfeatures a phenomenal cast of women – from those making West End debuts to more seasoned performers. The current cast of SIX includes Jarneia Richard-Noel, Millie O’Connell, Natalie Paris, Alexia McIntosh, Aimie Atkinson, and Maiya Quansah-Breed. The show also features an all-female band, nicknamed the ‘Ladies in Waiting’.
6. The Songs
Using a mixture of styles from power ballad to rap, the show’s songs are definitely memorable. The show culminates in a glorious Megamix (‘MegaSIX’) of all the songs, which you may have seen videos of on social media. The lyrics definitely aren’t from the Tudor era, as creators Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss have updated the lingo to suit a young, 21st-century audiences.