West End

Six: The New Musical About the Wives of King Henry VIII

Jyothi Cross
Across the pond in the UK a new musical is rising to fame on the West End stage: Six. It’s like Hamilton meets Horrible Histories meets the Glastonbury Festival, but can the “UK's answer to Hamilton” really fill the boots of its predecessor? Is it really worth the hype?

I'm going to convince you it is.

 Let’s start easy, from a musical lover's point of view (because if they don’t like it, who else will?) The songs range from strong power ballads (“Heart of Stone”) to fast paced hip hop tracks (“Six”) which allows musical lovers to be welcomed in with the content they love and then brought forward into, dare I say, the modern era. The harmonies are beautiful. Moreover, each song has its own style meaning that lovers of all musicals, whether it's Les Miserables or Rent, have something which suits their taste. Nifty, no?

 And what about the historical content? Accurate as anything. It gives a life and personality to women who were previously known as “divorced, beheaded and died” and that is something to hype about. Furthermore, whilst the facts are all in place and turn the focus away from Henry VIII (finally...) the fusion of Baroque music and modern pop makes sure that we don’t lose sight of its Renaissance setting – something which, just saying, Hamilton doesn’t do.


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 Finally, and this is my top reason for why Six deserves a lot more popularity, it gives a voice to the women who have been silenced for the past 500 years. I would even go so far as to argue that Six is the most feminist musical of this decade. The six wives of King Henry VIII have been silenced, some literally, by his misogynistic reign and the Tudor ideologies that women were just for procreation, but this musical proves how cool, unique, and basically bad-ass these women were. Hype-worthy, right?

 So, dear readers, you know what to do now. I've shown to you why Six deserves your love and how there's n-n-n-n-n-n-no way (that’s a little Six inside joke) you have an excuse not to give it a listen!