SIX the Musical has become the most successful show in the history of Lighthouse.

More than 10,500 people flocked to see the show across 16 performances in the venue’s Theatre space.

Tim Colegate, Lighthouse head of programming, said: “We expected SIX to be a big hit with our audiences, but the response has been absolutely phenomenal – way beyond our expectations.”

SIX enjoyed a two-week run at Lighthouse, the first time for years a show other than the venue’s annual family pantomime has run for longer than a week.

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The musical by Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow is a modern retelling of the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII in the form of a pop concert.

Each wife – Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anna of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr – takes a turn to tell their tale to see who suffered the most at the hands of their husband, remixing 500 years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. 

Excited theatre goers have been sharing their reactions on social media and hundreds of fans queued up to use the venue’s bespoke ‘selfie set’ on the first-floor foyer. 

SIX the Musical is at the heart of a busy autumn programme which has already seen Matthew Kelly and Liza Goddard star in the new touring production of Michael Frayn’s classic Noises Off.

The programme continues this month with the hit stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s chilling thriller, The Woman in Black.

Tim added: “There’s another very exciting announcement to be made next week, so watch this space – we can barely wait.

“Despite the cost-of-living crisis and the long recovery from the pandemic, we’ve found audiences are very happy to return to shows when they know they’re going to have a great time.

"There’s no shortage of doom and gloom in the world at the moment, so the chance to come out and experience the magic of live theatre is more precious than ever.”

This Christmas, Lighthouse will host Aladdin as its family pantomime.

It has been written and directed by CBeebies star Chris Jarvis who will also play Widow Twankey.

TV personality Melinda Messenger will play the Spirit of the Ring in Aladdin.

Aladdin opens on Thursday, December 7 and runs until New Year’s Eve.