‘Six’ is a British pop musical with music, lyrics and a book by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Ever since it’s premier at the Edinburgh Fringe this show’s popularity has skyrocketed, gaining praise for being hilarious, fun, dynamic and empowering, leading to productions all over the globe!
This one-act musical is a modern retelling of the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII, a British Monarch famous for these six wives and the events around each marriage. Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anna of Cleves (also commonly referred to as Anne of Cleves), Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr have come together to create a pop concert to share their stories, each of them trying to prove that they had it worse than the others in an effort to be crowned the lead singer of the group. Throughout their performance, the queens realise that their true aim is to show that they are more than Henry’s wives, the way they died or one word in a rhyme. The show is only 1 hour and 30 minutes but, in this time, these Tudor queens take the 500 hundred years of historical heartbreak they’ve endured and take control of their own stories.
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This is one of the iconic quotes from Anne (or Anna) of Cleves, the fourth wife of Henry VIII. Anne’s life wasn’t as difficult as the other queens, so when it is her turn to explain why her life was ruined by Henry, she has little to complain about. Henry married Anne based on a painted portrait of her, however when she arrived in England after traveling from her home in Germany, the king didn’t believe she was as beautiful as portrayed by the painting. It wasn’t a bad life for Anne though, because after she and Henry had their marriage annulled, he gave her all sorts of riches in the divorce settlement including her very own palace in Richmond where she lived out the rest of her life. While explaining this, Cleves sarcastically puts on an emotional voice until she sheds that persona to say the words “its just… tragic” seconds before beginning her signature song, ‘Get Down’. Inspired by her costume, this design features the same red as her outfit and lots of red glitter to make a unique pin that any Anne of Cleves fan will love!