Vaudeville Theatre , London
Reviewed by Jade Prince
Seen Wednesday November 10th, 2021
There is no denying that Six has been on a mission to ensure its harmonising presence is known around the world from the second it landed at Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. Since then, nothing has been able to stop this game changer of a show…not even a pandemic could shake the Queendom!
The stage was graced with a few covers tonight (including one final time for a Queen). Due to this I feel this write up needs to be presented in a slightly different format as, in keeping with the show, each Queen deserves the chance to shine.
Catherine of Aragon (Jarnéia Richard-Noel)
In my eyes Jarnéia is an OG. This has been a role owned by Jarnéia for a number of years and that length of time with the character can be seen clearly on stage. Jarnéia’s confidence is the first thing the audience sees and it sets a solid foundation for the other Queens to build upon.
Anne Boleyn (Courtney Bowman)
There’s no denying that Boleyn is my favourite Queen and I didn’t think the role could be any better than it previously was…until I saw Courtney. Oh. My. Word. I was crying with laughter and not just through ‘Don’t Lose Ur Head’. Courtney was very close to stealing the show with her expressions and quick-witted reactions.
Jane Seymour (Collette Guitart – Super Swing)
To be frank, Jane Seymour is normally a Queen I easily overlook. I have always viewed it as a lull in the show that loses me a little UNTIL seeing Collette singing ‘Heart of Stone’. The song never normally gets me but this time I was starting to tear up. The way Collette portrayed the grief through out the song and was able to keep it building was wondrous to see. I do believe she has helped changed my mind on this song!
NOTE: I also spent most of the show knowing I’d seen Colette somewhere else and could not put my finger on it. It turns out it was 27: Rise of a Falling Star at the Cockpit theatre!
Anna of Cleves (Cherelle Jay – Alternate Anne Boleyn)
Another cover! Yay for covers! And Cherelle was so good! I loved the way she put a London council estate vibe into the character. It was such a joy to see Cherelle genuinely enjoying the song and milking those bragging rights to the other Queens.
Katherine Howard (Sophie Isaacs)
Sophie is a tiny pink package of dynamite who causes a huge explosion on the stage when given her time to shine. Throughout the show she is more reserved than other Queens but ensures she is remembered when the moment comes. ‘All You Wanna Do’ is a number I love to listen to but struggle to watch and I attribute that to the subtle body language changes throughout the song. Watching Sophie perform this was no different and did a fantastic job.
Catherine Parr (Hana Stewart – Alternate Catherine Parr)
I didn’t realise I needed to see Hana as Cathrine Parr until I saw Hana as Cathrine Parr. It just so happened that this was her final night with the show and Hana definitely brought the house down with those riffs! Hana gave us a masterclass on how to build a number and leave the audience wanting and encore from Parr!
The show is outstanding, the evidence is clear; having a show in London, New York, Chicago, touring the UK as well as Australia and New Zealand within the space of 5 years from it’s Edinburgh Fringe premier is one hell of an achievement.
I’d also like to acknowledge the casting team who have always casted the Queens to perfection each time I have seen the show.
More information on the show as well as tickets (including those for international readers) can be found here. I really hope you get the chance to see this groundbreaking show and if you have already seen it, that you get to see it again very soon!
Stay safe and stay stagey!