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Six of the best as Tudor Queens turn into pop princesses

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The smash-hit invention of two Cambridge students, SIX The Musical tells the stories of Henry VIII’s wives recast as pop princesses vying for the title of worst treated wife. Now it is set to debut in Brisbane at QPAC this November.

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SIX The Musical has been a cult and critical hit since its premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 and went on to experience sell-out shows in Sydney last year. In November it will touch down in Brisbane for the first time.

A retelling of the stories of Henry VIII’s ex-wives, SIX recasts these famous historical figures as pop princesses vying for the top spot in a pop band in a Hamilton-style musical which aims to reimagine history.

Since its inception as a student production in a 100-seat room at Sweet Venue during the Edinburgh Fringe, SIX has become a global phenomenon, with its Studio Album achieving in excess of 200 million streams worldwide, second only to Hamilton.

“Gosh it’s just so exciting to finally have our amazing Australian production of SIX back up and running. The whole team is so special and it is wonderful to know that, after everything we’ve all been through in the past year or so, they’ll be able to share their extraordinary gifts with audiences again soon,” said creators Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss.

“We are also super excited to be welcoming our incredible new Queens: Phoenix, Chelsea, and Kiana. They are amazing.”

QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said SIX will receive the royal welcome it deserves from Brisbane audiences when it hits the Playhouse stage in November.

“Our audiences love musicals and for some time now we have been looking forward to bringing SIX to Brisbane after its sold-out Sydney season.

“This is a show that celebrates six remarkable women from history in a way that is witty, clever, and powerful. It’s a show that cannot be easily categorised, but that’s precisely what gives it such broad appeal,” he said.

The show became a pandemic hit, with creators remounting it again and again between shutdowns in London’s West End, it gained critical and cult success for its imaginative reinvention of history with nominations for five Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. 

“We can’t wait to see the Queens display their incredible talent on stages Down Under and have no doubt that the show will provide joy and empowerment to audiences across Australia as it had done prior to lockdown,” the original UK producers of SIX said. 

The new Australian season will also see two new cast members crowned Phoenix Jackson Mendoza playing the first wife of Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon and Chelsea Dawson taking on the role of Katherine Howard. 

These new cast members will be welcomed alongside returning cast members Kala Glare as Anne Boleyn, Loren Hunter resumes her role as the loyal third wife Jane Seymour, Anna of Cleves will be played by Kiana Daniele, and Vidya Makan reprises her role as the empowering Catherine Parr. 

Tickets for the Brisbane Season of SIX The Musical go on sale in August, to enter the waitlist visit SIX The Musical’s website. 

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