They’re one of a kind, they’re six. Now, they’re Six on the West End. As you may well know, Henry VIII had 6, some might say sorry, wives. The story was on its way to being lost in history, but thankfully, with this relatively new musical concert, the true historic story is back on our minds.
You may even know the names of Henry VIII’s wives. There’s Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr. This is in the order of the saying you may well know: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived! However, do you know the actresses who play the six queens in the Six musical? Well, you will after reading this article.
When Was The Musical Six established?
The idea for the musical Six came about only a few years ago now, by two, at the time, Cambridge University students: Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Marlow was selected to showcase a new musical at the Edinburgh Fringe, by the Cambridge University Arts Society. They did their research and came up with the musical concert, before premiering Six in 2017, at the Fringe.
The musical was then performed in Cambridge, where it was spotted by producers, who brought the show to the Arts Theatre. The musical has just continued to grow, having now expanded outside of the UK. It was in previews on Broadway but it’s official opening has been put back due to COVID-19.
Who Are The Six West End Actresses?
One thing about Six is that the cast is small. The six queens are at the absolute centre of the show and the exciting story-telling behind each character makes it something that is both educational and gripping throughout. So, who’s playing who?
Catherine Of Aragon
The first queen is played by Jarneia Richard-Noel. Singing the first solo of the show, “No Way”, Jarneia is setting the tone of the musical concert for the audience.
Having performed on a P&O cruise ship after graduating, Six went on to become Jarneia’s first off-West End debut.
Courtney Bowman then takes over, in the role of Anne Boleyn. Her solo song is a rather sassy number, “Don’t Lose Your Head”.
A couple of Bowman’s credits include the horse/ensemble in The Wind In The Willows UK Tour and Fatimah/Cover Pritti Pasha in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, performed at the Apollo Theatre and Sheffield Crucible.
Third is Jane Seymour, played by Natalie Paris. Her solo is “Heart of Stone”.
Natalie Paris experienced being in the West End, as a performer, from a young age. As a young person, she performed in, to name three, West End musicals: Les Miserables, Joseph and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She first performed in the show in 2017. So, she’s the longest reigning queen.
Anne of Cleves
Anne, or Anna as she’s referred to in Six, is played by Alexia Mcintosh. Alexia’s characters solo is the funky tune “Get Down”.
Not only has Alexia got exciting acting credits, but she has toured Europe as a singer and has performed at the 02, in London.
Sophie Isaacs performs as Katherine Howard. Katherine’s solo is “All You Wanna Do”.
To note a few of her credits, Sophie has performed in both Kinky Boots and Made In Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre. She’s also played Heather McNamara in Heathers the Musical on the West End, and had a role in Hollyoaks.
Danielle Steers plays the last of the six wives: Catherine Parr. Her solo is “I Don’t Need Your Love”.
Danielle has previously performed roles in musicals such as The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre, Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre and in the international arena tour of We Will Rock You.
When Can I Next Catch Six On The West End?
Despite nobody yet knowing exactly when theatres can resume, Six is taking bookings up to January 2021 for their show at the Art Theatre. So be rest assured, Six will resume on the West End as soon as it is safe to do so.
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