Reviewed by Sharon Mongey
We were greeted with a warm welcome last night at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre. We were there for opening night to see Six.
Aylesbury Waterside is a modern theatre but has a homely feel, I have said it before and my opinion remains the same, that outside of London and the very old fashion theatres, Aylesbury is my favourite.
A large, light, spacious foyer was buzzing with excitement as we waited to go through to be seated in the auditorium. Last night, we had a spin the wheel game, various prizes were won, dependent upon where the wheel stopped, I won a 10% off at the bar voucher! This added extra interest and excitement in the foyer whilst waiting to go through to see the show.
If you have never been to Aylesbury please go and experience the wonderful theatre that they have. Staff work at speed and are always found to be polite and courteous. Toilets are clean and tidy. Parking is found nearby with a small fee payable.
Do you know the ‘Six’? Were you one of the many that learnt the rhyme at school whilst taking your exams? ‘Remember us from your GSCE’s?’ we were asked.
Six divorced beheaded live, tells the story of the “Divorced, Beheaded, Died: Divorced, Beheaded, Survived” six, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr.
With a slight twist on how the story is told in the history books, this is not a serious look at the lives and tribulations that the Queens endured whilst being married to Henry VIII but a light-hearted and comical musical review of who had it hardest at the hands of him and who deserved to lead the group in the performance! Who was the Queen of Queens?
Each Queen has their own moment in the spotlight to portray their hardship to the other queens and the audience, disputing between themselves who had it the hardest, in my opinion I had to agree with Anne, being beheaded for me is definitely the winner! Anne shared this thought with the other queens at every opportunity! Extremely sparkly outfits with shoes to match, I did notice the colour coordinated block heels!
There were strong vocal performances by all the cast tonight, no lead singer, a fantastic balance of ability and a great mixture of musical style, it’s really a cross between and pop concert and a musical.
The show, although probably the shortest one that I have ever been to, was jam packed full of songs, running time was 75 minutes with no interval. The cast of six were joined on stage by their ladies in waiting (the band) giving an all female production of 10.
The performance ends with the queens asking themselves are they remembered because they were married to Henry VIII or is Henry VIII remembered because of his ‘Six’ wives?
The show tonight was greatly received by an enthusiastic audience, a sell-out I believe. The cast received a standing ovation and the crowd remained on their feet for the final number.
Head out to see Six if you can, it’s a show worth seeing.
Tickets cost from £13 (plus £3.65 transaction fee).
Six is at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury from 11-15 February 2020, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury or call the box office on 0844 871 7607.
Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1UG | 0844 871 7607