DIVORCED, beheaded, died – think you know the rhyme? Think again.

The infamous wives of Henry VIII are taking to the mic to tell their side of the story in a fabulous show that is currently reigning on Broadway and the West End, and is being staged at Lighthouse, Poole for the next two weeks.

It's the first time a show, other than panto, has taken over the theatre for a two-week stint, but the fact that every night is sold out shows just how popular this smash hit musical has become since it was first premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017.

Since that time, SIX has scooped no less than 26 major international awards including the 2022 Tony Award for Best Original Score and Best Costume Design on Broadway, double Whatsonstage Award winner for Best West End Show 2022 and 2023 and a Gold-Disk winning album.

And it's easy to see why. Staged more as a concert than a traditional musical, this one-act show is slick and engaging from the word go. Transformed from Tudor Queens to fierce Pop Princesses, the characters are based on elements of a number of music icons including Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Lily Allen and Emeli Sandé.

And for an hour and 20 minutes, they are divorced, beheaded, live as they remix 500 years of historical heartbreak, battling it out to be the most hard done by of Henry's wives. In a brilliantly clever interpretation, 21st century references such as text messages and dating apps bring history alive for a captivated audience of all ages, adding wit to the tales of woe. If only all history lessons were this enjoyable.

The six queens, backed by an all-female live band, rule the stage for the entire show, in a celebration of girl power.

Upbeat, energetic, empowering, at times touching, funny ­— SIX has it all. Whether you're a history buff, a pop music fan, or just a musical lover, this really has to be top of your "must see" list.