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THE QUEENS ARE BACK!

THE QUEENS ARE BACK!

SIX

The Lyric Theatre at The Lowry, Salford from 27 Nov 2020 - 10 Jan 2021

Electrifying musical phenomenon SIX by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss will become the first West End musical to resume performances since lockdown. The touring production of SIX will restart at The Lyric Theatre at The Lowry in Salford, opening on 27 November and playing through to 10 January 2021. The London production will temporarily move from its West End home at the Arts Theatre to The Lyric on Shaftesbury Avenue for a limited 11-week run beginning on 14 November through to 31 January 2021.

SIX producers Kenny Wax, Wendy & Andy Barnes and George Stiles say, ‘We have the opportunity to give work to 100 or so actors, musicians, technicians, stage managers, production managers, costume makers, marketing, press, ticketing and office staff across the two productions. We accept that with social distancing it is unlikely to be economically viable, but we hope to entertain many thousands of theatre goers who have been starved of live entertainment since March. We are sure that opening SIX will help to build audience confidence and bring business back to the local economy. We also understand that restarting productions, particularly musicals, remains impossible for most producers for reasons of scale, finance and lack of cancellation insurance. We continue to look forward to the day when social distancing is removed and theatres can play to 100% capacity.’

SIX will perform an 8-show week at The Lowry, moving from the Quays Theatre into the larger Lyric Theatre where capacity has been reduced from 1730 to approximately 740 seats (depending on the booking number in each party) with one metre+ distancing between each group of seats. Temperature checks will be taken for all audience members before entering the building. Government face covering policy at the time that the show opens will be followed. Hand sanitising stations will be available around the theatre. Theatre staff will undertake a thorough cleaning of the auditorium between shows.

SIX has become a global phenomenon since its early days as a student production at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Nominated for five Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, SIX won the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards and performed on the results show of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. As the pandemic struck, SIX was playing to sold out houses in London’s West End, on tour across the UK and Australia, and had its opening night in New York on Thursday March 12 cancelled when the New York Governor shut down Broadway three hours before the show was due to open. 

SIX is co-directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, featuring choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, set design by Emma Bailey, costume design by Gabriella Slade, sound design by Paul Gatehouse, lighting design by Tim Deiling, orchestrations by Tom Curran with music supervision and vocal arrangements by Joe Beighton. Associate Choreographer Freya Sands, Musical Director Katy Richardson, Associate Musical Director Arlene McNaught and casting by Pearson Casting. Produced by Kenny Wax, Wendy & Andy Barnes and George Stiles. 

The touring cast at The Lowry includes: Lauren Drew (Catherine of Aragon), Maddison Bulleyment (Anne Boleyn), Lauren Byrne (Jane Seymour), Shekinah McFarlane (Anna of Cleves), Jodie Steele (Katherine Howard) and Athena Collins (Catherine Parr), with Alternates Jennifer Caldwell, Cassandra Lee and Harriet Watson. The Queens are backed by the show’s all female band The Ladies in Waiting.

New bookings for SIX at The Lyric Theatre at The Lowry go on sale from 10am, Wednesday 16 September via the link below 

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Published: 18-Sep-2020

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