Writer performs as Queen Catherine Parr

Monday 29 July 2019

London West End - Musicals - Shows

Toby Marlow, one of the writers of the West End hit musical SIX, stepped in to take on the role of Catherine Parr and save two performances of the show threatened by illness.
Toby Marlow performs as Queen Catherine Parr at the Arts Theatre

SIXTH QUEEN Toby Marlow (centre) as Catherine Parr with (l to r) Millie O'Connell (Anne Boleyn), Courtney Stapleton (Jane Seymour), Genesis  Lynea (Anna of Cleves), Aimie Atkinson (Katherine Howard), Jarneia Richard-Noel (Catherine of Aragon) Photo: Betty Zapata

It's not every day that the writer of a show gets to take on one of the roles in his own show.

But that's exactly what happened yesterday to a very brave Toby Marlow, one of the writers of smash-hit West End musical SIX, when he saved two performances of the show threatened by cast illness.

At almost the 11th hour, Toby donned high heels and leather hotpants to take on the role of the 6th Queen, Catherine Parr, as producers opted to stage a concert version of the show rather than disappoint sold-out audiences.

Maiya Quansah-Breed who normally plays Catherine Parr was on holiday.

Regular alternates Grace Mouat and Vicki Manser had sore throats as did Natalie Paris who plays Jane Seymour.

So regular alternate Courtney Stapleton covered Seymour but it still left the Catherine Parr role without a performer.

In addition to Toby, Genesis Lynea, who sang the role of Anna of Cleves on the global smash-hit SIX Studio Cast Recording also joined the cast for yesterday's shows.

Toby took to Twitter to thank his fellow cast members, the audiences and the army SIX fans who sent thousands of messages of support after news of his appearance was first anounced by West End Understudies ...

"Today was one of a kind (LOL!).

THANK U to the everyone at the Arts, and to all the backstage team and to the QUEENS for working together so amazingly today to make sure we could put on a show.

You all made me feel so supported.

Also, THE HUGEST THANK U POSSIBLE to both audiences today for being so cool about the concert performance and the cast changes!

ALSO just wanna say that we have the best bloomin fandom in the whole wide world & QUEENDOM all ur posts and tweets and messages today filled me with loads of love and confidence, and plz know we will always do everything we can to give u a show.

To all of our beautiful and talented UK queens: sending the hugest love to ALL of u, and I hope those of who r still recovering r taking care of urselves and return to ur usual FABulous selves soon."

Producer Kenny Wax said ...

"Given that the show is completely sold out for the next few weeks, the SIX Company were determined not to disappoint a full house who we would have been unable to re-seat in the immediate future.

Writer Toby Marlow, Genesis Lynea (who many will have heard singing 'Cleves' on the show soundtrack) together with the rest of the cast, the band and the stage management were absolute troopers.

We are so grateful to them also to our fans, the amazing Queendom for their support."

So everything turned out well ... especially for audience members who not only got to see uniquely different performances, but were also offered tickets to see the fully choreographed show at a later date.

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