In conversation with SIX Queens Leah Vassell & Rachel Rawlinson
In conversation with SIX Queens Leah Vassell and Rachel Rawlinson from the musical SIX.
Natalie takes you on a captivating journey in an intimate interview with two of the dazzling Queens from the musical SIX. It’s time to set aside what you thought you knew about the six Wives of Henry VIII and immerse yourself in this enchanting encounter. Natalie sits down with the remarkable Leah Vassell and Rachel Rawlinson, who shine as Queens in the hit musical.
Prepare to be utterly amazed as Natalie delves deep into the captivating world where history assumes a whole new vivaciousness. The musical provides a fresh perspective on each of Henry’s Queens, affording them the opportunity to reshape their narratives, turning back the clock and reclaiming their crowns. With a blend of sass, strength, and unforgettable tunes, the current West End company – including Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky (Aragon), Baylie Carson (Boleyn), Claudia Kariuki (Seymour), Dionne Ward-Anderson (Cleves), Koko Basigara (Howard), and Roxanne Couch (Parr) – steps into the limelight, amplified by the powerful on-stage band – the Ladies in Waiting. Together, they reinvigorate history with tales of love, loss, and the notorious ex they all share.
Moreover, SIX, the brainchild of the ingenious Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, transcends being merely a musical – it’s a sensational voyage through the lives of these historical luminaries. Boasting more than 35 international awards, including two 2022 Tony Awards, SIX has cast its enchantment globally, spanning the realms of the West End, Broadway, and beyond. The musical’s reign in the West End continues until April 28, long may their reign continue.
Trace the origins of SIX, from its initial appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018 to its triumphant West End transition in 2019, culminating in its current residency at the Vaudeville Theatre since November 2021. Directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, SIX stands as a theatrical masterpiece, with vibrant choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille and a spellbinding set design by Emma Bailey. Gabriella Slade’s ingenious costume design, Tim Deiling’s immersive lighting, Paul Gatehouse’s evocative sound, and Tom Curran’s musical orchestration contribute to the symphony of excellence. Joe Beighton’s musical supervision rounds out the remarkable creative team. Furthermore, the current West End Queens are supported by their accomplished alternates: Monique Ashe-Palmer, Danielle Rose, Leah Vassell, Rachel Rawlinson, and Esme Rothero.
From tales of love to stories of loss, and the infamous ex that ties them together, these Queens spill their tales in an engaging interview. As they belt out their stories, audiences are in for a Tudor treat unlike any other, complete with fierce performances and a fresh spin on British Her-story. SIX continues to reign supreme on the West End, Broadway, and beyond and has solidified its status as a theatrical phenomenon.
Join Natalie as she unveils the magic and creativity that breathe life into these iconic Queens in this exclusive podcast episode. Step behind the scenes and into the hearts of the Queens who are rewriting history in the most entertaining and empowering manner.