Six is an ‘entertaining and modern look at the lives of Henry VIII’s wives’

Six is an ‘entertaining and modern look at the lives of Henry VIII’s wives’

by Henry James (April 2022)

SIX, which can be seen at the Liverpool Empire this week, is not only a musical - it is a history lesson looking at Henry VIII’s wives.

Each of them tells their story through song in a setup which feels very much like a concert.

The idea is that the wife who has suffered the most under Henry will be the lead singer.

The message throughout the show is of Girl Power and the women say there is only so much interest in Henry VIII because of his wives. The Spice Girls would be pleased with the Girl Power message of the show.

Henry VIII is not seen in the production, but is spoken and sung about often.

The first solo is No Way by Catherine of Aragon. Chloe Hart rendition was popular with the audience on the night I went.

Jennifer Caldwell brings comedy and plenty of attitude to her role as Anne Boleyn. Her number Don’t Lose Ur Head is a tongue in cheek look at the tragic life of the Queen.

Jane Seymour’s (Casey Al-Shaqsy) song Heart of Stone is slower before the high-energy Haus of Holbein, which is sung by all the Queens.

Get Down is performed by Anna of Cleves (Grace Melville); Katherine Howard’s (Jaina Brock-Patel) song is All You Wanna Do and Alana M Robinson doesn’t hold back singing Catherine Parr’s song I Don’t Need Your Love.

The lyrics and music throughout six reminded me on many occasions of the musical Hamilton.

The best song is saved to the end and is Six, an uplifting anthem about togetherness and how the women’s identities have been lost in Henry VIII’s story. The women sing of how their lives would have turned out if it was not for Henry.

An entertaining and modern look at the lives of Henry VIII’s wives 8/10

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