Who Run the World? Historical Women Take the Stage in These 3 Shows
School is back in session, and universities are gearing up for the new academic year. But we’re here to remind you that it’s okay to take a break from your studies every now and again — especially when the show is educational, right?
Here is our pick of the latest shows to arrive in London that put women from history at the forefront. Who knows? You might even learn something outside of the classroom.
Remember them from your GCSEs? The wives of Henry VIII rewrite the history books in the smash-hit new pop musical, “Six.” Don’t miss these Tudor queens as they get down like its 1499 and riff their way through their own version of history. Forever remembered for being Henry’s wives, the women unite to retell their stories, forming the ultimate girl band of pop princesses.
Co-written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, this hilarious and sassy new musical was a sell-out at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe and is now playing to critical acclaim for a strictly limited run at the Arts Theatre in London. With an all-female cast and band, the cleverly written lyrics and incredibly catchy songs will stick with you longer than any history lesson.
Set during a momentous time in British history, “Sylvia” combines dance, hip-hop, soul, and funk to tell an important story at the heart of the Suffragette movement.
It’s 1918. For the first time in history, women in Britain were able to vote. One hundred years later, this modern musical sheds a new light on the remarkable story of Sylvia Pankhurst and the critical role she played in campaigning for women’s suffrage.
Directed and choreographed by Kate Prince, the world premiere of this new musical stars Beverley Knight, Genesis Lynea, and Carly Bawden. Playing at The Old Vic as part of a new season celebrating the theatre’s 200th anniversary, this contemporary retelling gives a new twist on the story of the fight for women’s votes.
With an access-all-areas insight into the lives of the three Brontë sisters, the new rock musical “Wasted” at the Southwark Playhouse will give you a whole new look at the authors.
Brought up in a remote town in Yorkshire, Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell fought ill-health, unrequited love, and family feuds. Even though money and opportunity were lacking, the sisters wrote some of the most well-known novels of the 19th century, including “Jane Eyre” and “Wuthering Heights.” Yet having failed to achieve what they wanted in life, did their talents all go to waste?
Starring Natasha Barnes (“Funny Girl”), this brilliant new rock musical exposes the lives behind the pages, showing the Brontës as you have never seen them before.