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SIX receives six WhatsOnStage Awards nominations

Hit musical SIX, which features Winterson’s actress Maiya Quansah-Breed, has been nominated in the hugely impressive and hugely fitting number of six categories in the 19thannual WhatsOnStage Awards, which take place at the Prince of Wales Theatre in the West End on Sunday 3rdMarch 2019.

It’s been a successful debut year for the show, which the Evening Standard recently described as “★★★★★ – the most uplifting piece of new British musical theatre” on offer. The six categories the musical has been nominated in include Best New Musical, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best off-West End Production, and Best Original Cast Recording. It’s also been nominated in the Broadway World Awards, the Off West End Awards, and The Curtain Up Show Album of The Year Awards 2018, and recently made its television debut on ITV’s This Morning when the cast performed a segment of the show.

Maiya, who plays one of the famous wives of King Henry VIII and was described by Broadway World as the “standout voice” in the show, highlights the uniqueness of its format:

“It’s essentially a 75 minute concert,” says Quansah-Breed. “And who doesn’t love a concert!? You’ll laugh, cry, feel every emotion under the sun, as we do. We live these stories every day, for 75 minutes, it’s incredible stuff. Everyone gets their moment to shine, no one is in the background, every character is integral. It’s incredible to be a part of, the writing, the powerful women I get the pleasure of working with and has been such a journey for me straight after leaving drama school.”

Of course having achieved so much success in such a short space of time, questions are already being raised around the potential for a West End residency. We asked Maiya if she’d been surprised by the level of acclaim that the show has instantly received and if indeed increased attention may mean further updates to the concert format.

“I think we are all surprised by the success the show has received! We knew it was going to do well, but we never could have imagined on what scale. And it’s so rewarding because the graft that Toby (Marlow, Writer) and Lucy (Moss, Writer & co-Director) have put in over the years to get the show the way it is – and us as the Cast over the past couple of months – it couldn’t be a better way to end the tour. The length, the amount of numbers, the storyline, is perfect and unique. No other production manages to do what we do in 75 minutes storytelling wise. I believe the show will continue to go from strength to strength, but nothing about the foundations and what makes it so popular and so worth seeing necessarily needs to change.”

Casting has now been announced for the next run of the show and Maiya will once again be involved – we wish her and all involved in this hugely successful production a ‘heavy haul’ at the WhatsOnStage Awards.