Wives of Henry VIII tell their own stories
Olivia Donalson as Anna of Cleves (center). (Photo by Joan Marcus)
‘Six’Through Sept. 4National Theatre1321 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.$65-$150BroadwayAtTheNational.com
Typically, the wives of Henry VIII are cast aside as headless footnotes. But in ‘Six,’ an empowering and fun musical remix of English history (now playing at National Theatre), they tell their own stories.
Conceived by Brits Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, the Broadway hit is a fast-paced 85-minute pop rock musical presented as a contest in which Henry’s wives compete for diva status by proving who’s been treated the worst by the monarch, and considering Henry’s vile track record, the competition is unsurprisingly stiff.