Chicago Shakespeare Theater to stage acclaimed new musical

Six the musical

by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss


The six wives of King Henry VIII unite in a musical celebration of empowerment, beginning May 14

Previously announced premiere of Bedknobs and Broomsticks to be postponed


Chicago—December 20, 2018—Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces today that the Theater will stage the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run. The six wives of King Henry VIII join forces for an electrifying musical celebration of empowerment—shining a spotlight on women who are so much more than the history books might have us believe. Directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, the Chicago Shakespeare production will be presented in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, May 14–June 30, 2019. Casting is underway and will be announced at a later date.

Originally slated for the Theater’s 2019/20 Season, SIX has now been scheduled as the current season’s final production in the timeframe of the previously announced world premiere Bedknobs and Broomsticks—postponed due to the untimely death of Director Rachel Rockwell, an integral creative force behind the new musical‘s development at Chicago Shakespeare. Ticket holders have been notified, and offered priority seating for SIX or to have their tickets refunded.

In SIX, the queens of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the “Ladies in Waiting,” traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts.

Single tickets will go on sale January 15, 2019. For more information, visit or follow the Queens’ ascent at #cstSIX on @chicagoshakes.

SIX will be presented in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, May 14–June 30, 2019. Single tickets ($32–$55) will be released for sale on January 15, 2019. Special discounts will be available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, contact Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Box Office at 312.595.5600 or visit the Theater’s website at

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
by arrangement with Kenny Wax, Global Musicals, George Stiles & Kevin McCollum
presents the North American premiere


by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage
choreographed by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille
set designed by Emma Bailey
costume designed by Gabriella Slade
sound designed by Paul Gatehouse
lighting designed by Tim Deiling
orchestrations by Tom Curran
vocal arrangements by Joe Beighton

May 14–June 30, 2019
in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

Tuesday, May 14 – 7:45pm
Wednesday, May 15 – 7:45pm
Thursday, May 16 – 7:45pm
Friday, May 17 – 7:45pm
Saturday, May 18 – 8:30pm
Sunday, May 19 – 3:00pm
Tuesday, May 21 – 7:45pm
Thursday, May 23 – 7:45pm
Friday, May 24 – 7:45pm
Saturday, May 25 – 6:00pm & 8:30pm
Sunday, May 26 – 3:00pm & 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 28 – 7:45pm
Wednesday, May 29 – 7:45pm
Thursday, May 30 – 7:45pm
Friday, May 31 – 7:45pm
Saturday, June 1 – 6:00pm & 8:30pm
Sunday, June 2 – 3:00pm & 6:00pm
Tuesday, June 4 – 7:45pm
Wednesday, June 5 – 7:45pm
Thursday, June 6 – 7:45pm
Friday, June 7 – 7:45pm

Saturday, June 8 – 6:00pm & 8:30pm
Sunday, June 9 – 3:00pm
Tuesday, June 11 – 7:45pm
Wednesday, June 12 – 7:45pm
Thursday, June 13 – 7:45pm
Friday, June 14 – 7:45pm
Saturday, June 15 – 6:00pm & 8:30pm
Sunday, June 16 – 3:00pm & 6:00pm
Tuesday, June 18 – 7:45pm
Wednesday, June 19 – 7:45pm
Thursday, June 20 – 7:45pm
Friday, June 21 – 7:45pm
Saturday, June 22 – 6:00pm & 8:30pm
Sunday, June 23 – 3:00pm & 6:00pm
Tuesday, June 25 – 7:45pm
Wednesday, June 26 – 7:45pm
Thursday, June 27 – 7:45pm
Friday, June 28 – 7:45pm
Saturday, June 29 – 6:00pm & 8:30pm
Sunday, June 30 – 3:00pm & 6:00pm


Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, Chicago Shakespeare has redefined what a great American Shakespeare theater can be—a company that defies theatrical category. This Regional Tony Award-winning theater’s year-round season features as many as twenty productions and 650 performances—including plays, musicals, world premieres, family programming, and presentations from around the globe. Chicago Shakespeare is the city’s leading presenter of international work, and has toured its own productions across five continents. The Theater’s nationally acclaimed arts in literacy programs support the work of teachers, and bring Shakespeare to life on stage for tens of thousands of students annually. Each summer, the company tours a free professional production to neighborhood parks across Chicago. In 2017 the Theater unveiled The Yard, which, together with the Jentes Family Courtyard Theater and the Thoma Theater Upstairs, positions Chicago Shakespeare as Chicago’s most versatile performing arts center.


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