The cast and creative team is announced today for the London premiere of the new British musical SIX that sees the 6 wives of Henry VIII singing their way out of the history books and into the West End spotlight.
From Tudor queens to pop princesses and with songs including Ex Wives, Haus of Holbein and Don’t Lose Ur Head, this pop concert remixes 500 years of historical heartbreak into one hour of 21st century sass.
If you thought this show was all about one man – you thought wrong!
Cast: Aimie Atkinson (Katherine Howard) was Daniela in In The Heights, Elizabeth the lead in Dirty Dancing and won the BBC Voice of Musical Theatre contest.
Izuka Hoyle (Catherine Parr) was Selena in the musical Working at Southwark Playhouse. She was Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2017.
Renée Lamb (Catherine of Aragon) was Roz Keith in the musical 9 to 5.
Genesis Lynea (Anna of Cleves) is best known as series regular Maddie Harper in The 4 O’Clock Club, the CBBC series about hip hop and homework.
Christina Modestou (Anne Boleyn) was Nina in In the Heights, she was also in Shrek and Urinetown and covered and played Killer Queen in We Will Rock You.
Natalie Paris (Jane Seymour) was Louise in Sunday in the Park with George at the Menier Chocolate Factory and appeared in West End musicals Billy Elliott, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Les Miserables, as young Cosette.
Creative team: Director Lotte Wakeham, Choreographer Cressida Carré, Musical Director Joe Beighton, Orchestrations Tom Curran, Sound Designer Andy Graham, Lighting Designer Rebecca Fry, Costume Designer Roberto Surace, Associate Director Jamie Armitage.
SIX started life with Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, where it was nominated for the inaugural Musical Theatre Review Best Musical Award. The original production, directed by Jamie Armitage, attracted the attention of producers Kenny Wax and Global Musicals, who are presenting this all-new production for the show’s professional premiere at the Arts Theatre in London on 18 December, 8, 15 and 22 January.
Writers Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss said: “This really is a dream come true. We’d like to thank Prince Harry and Meghan for announcing their engagement this week and helping raise interest in Royal brides to fever pitch – although they haven’t got back to us after we offered to provide entertainment at the wedding!”
Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss – Writers
Toby and Lucy met at university, where they spent three years making theatre together and neglecting their degrees. In January 2017, they made their first foray into writing as a duo with the musical, SIX. Following the show’s success in Edinburgh, they are incredibly excited for its debut at the Arts Theatre. The team also make up two-thirds of the award-winning theatre company Hot Gay Time Machine, whose show, Hot Gay Time Machine, enjoyed considerable success at the fringe this year, and a sold out run at The Other Palace in November.
Lotte Wakeham – Director
Productions as director include: The Hound of the Baskervilles (English Theatre Frankfurt/Jermyn Street), Di and Viv and Rose (Stephen Jospeh/New Vic), The World Goes Round (Stephen Joseph), Wonderland (UK tour), The Buskers Opera (Park Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Guildford Shakepeare Company), Upper Cut (Southwark Playhouse – nominated for the Alfred Fagon Award), Lizzie Siddall (nominated for 2 Off West End Awards), The Kissing-Dance (Jermyn Street – nominated for ‘Best Director’, Off West End Awards). Associate director: Matilda the Musical (RSC/West End/Broadway).
Cressida Carré – Choreographer
Credits as Choreographer include: The Woman in White (Charing Cross Theatre) Jersey Boys (International Tour); Promises, Promises (Southwark Playhouse); Sweeney Todd (Mercury Theatre & Derby Theatre); Eurobeat (Edinburgh Fringe); Titanic (Charing Cross Theatre, Southwark Playhouse & Toronto); Laila the Musical (Watford Palace Theatre/UK Tour); Beyond the Fence (Arts Theatre); Avenue Q (Greenwich Theatre & UK Tour). Awards: Off West End Awards for Best Choreography for Titanic (Southwark Playhouse), Whatsonstage Awards for Best Off West Production Titanic (Southwark Playhouse).
Kenny Wax Ltd – Producer
Kenny has produced three of Mischief Theatre Company’s hit shows, the Olivier award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong (in its fourth year at the Duchess theatre, and currently the longest running play on Broadway), the Olivier-nominated Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Apollo Theatre and Olivier-nominated The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre. Kenny produced the world-premiere production of Top Hat, which was the recipient of three Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical from its seven nominations, and the Evening Standard Award for Best Night Out and Once On This Island which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical in 1995 from its four nominations. This year Kenny produced Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Francesco Fellini’s Oscar winning masterpiece La Strada which ran at The Other Palace following a regional tour and Around the World in 80 Days, a co-production with the Stoke New Vic Theatre. He was honoured to be nominated as ‘Producer of the Year’ at the 2017 Stage Newspaper Awards and in June 2017 Kenny was appointed President of the Society of London Theatre which provides a collective voice for the theatreowners, producers and managers of all the major commercial and grant-aided theatres across London.
Global Musicals Ltd – Producer
Global Musicals Ltd is a brand new theatre company established in 2017 by producers Andy and Wendy Barnes. The company aims to focus on innovative new musical theatre, to discover and produce exciting musicals that will appeal to a younger generation of theatre goers. Andy and Wendy are also the producers of non-profit theatre company Perfect Pitch, a company founded in 2006 and dedicated to developing new British musicals by emerging writers through workshops, readings and showcases. Having worked exclusively with new British musicals over the last 11 years, Andy and Wendy hope their new company will be able to provide the much needed funds to take young shows to that next step, from development to full commercial production and longer term life.
The London premiere of SIX
by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
6-7 Great Newport Street
London WC2H 7JB
Running time: 70 mins (approx) no interval