ENTERTAINING, educational and downright exceptional, this is one superb celebration of sisterhood.

Very occasionally, a new production comes along which changes the course of musical theatre and I can see Six being one of those genre defining shows.

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It's completely different to anything that has come before it, think Horrible Histories with attitude, a concert as sassy as one performed by The Spice Girls, but with performers who can really sing. Plus nods to Beyonce and Lily Allen and lots of laughs.

Since its Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2017 and opening in the West End in 2019, it’s become a huge cult hit, probably the biggest since Rocky Horror. Six is a viral sensation and has sold so well in Southampton this week that Mayflower Theatre have announced a return next June.

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This is the story of Henry VIII’s wives told in their own inimitable way. Despite several cast members being asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace, the show must go on and it was an absolute belter. Each of the wives takes to the mic to tell her own story of woe at the hands of the infamous monarch, remixing 500 years of historical heartbreak into a 21st celebration of girl power.

This short, sharp show running just 80 minutes is raw and energetic with excellent chemistry among the six vocalists and superb backing from an all girl band of four. Dressed in glittery Tudor garb, Catherine, Anne, Jane, Anne, Katherine and Catherine belt out group numbers about their shared experiences, then take turns to tell their own stories, battling for the crown of most hard done by, before deciding they are in fact stronger together.

Three tiers of crowd were off their seats and absolutely loving the raucous finale.

There's just no stopping Six. Quite rightly, everyone is losing their head over it.

Six continues until Saturday and returns from June 7 to 12 2022.

Tickets: mayflower.org.uk or 023 8071 1811.