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Anna of Cleves, also referred to as Anne of Cleves, was Queen of England from 6 January to 9 July 1540 due to her marriage to King Henry VIII. She was his fourth wife and was succeeded by Katherine Howard. She is currently being played by Dionne Ward-Anderson in the West End production of Six the Musical, and by Brittney Mack in the Broadway production. In the original cast recording, her role was played by Genesis Lynea.


Cast[]

Songs[]

Debut Order[]

First Principal Performance First Swing Performance Final Performance Emergency Covers
Oliver Wickham 31 July 2017 14 October 2017
Genesis Lynea 18 December 2017 22 January 2018 21 April 2019
28 July 2019
Alexia McIntosh 11 July 2018 14 November 2021
Grace Mouat 14 August 2018 4 August 2019
Vicki Manser 26 January 2019 10 October 2019
Courtney Stapleton 2 May 2019 2 July 2019
Brittney Mack 14 May 2019 Ongoing
Shekinah McFarlane 24 October 2019 15 August 2019 9 March 2022 15 August 2019

22 August 2019

25 August 2019

27 August 2019

28 August 2019

29 August 2019

31 August 2019

1 September 2019

*unconfirmed

Nicole Kyoung-Mi Lambert 29 November 2019 25 August 2019 Ongoing
Sophie Golden 6 September 2019 4 March 2020
Cherelle Jay 17 October 2019 11 February 2022
Collette Guitart 19 October 2019 17 October 2021
Cassandra Lee 14 November 2019 5 March 2022
Jessica Niles 17 November 2019 Ongoing
Harriet Watson 13 December 2019 23 February 2022 6 March 2022
19 March 2022

2 April 2022

Jennifer Caldwell 14 December 2019 3 November 2021 3 January 2020
4 January 2020
5 January 2020
Natalie Pilkington 31 December 2019 Ongoing
Kiana Daniele 4 January 2020 Ongoing
Zara MacIntosh 16 January 2020 4 July 2021
Liv Alexander 18 February 2020 7 August 2021
Ella Burns 27 February 2020 28 February 2020
Karis Oka 29 February 2020 Ongoing
Scarlet Gabriel 13 March 2020 14 March 2020
Maya Christian 26 October 2021 13 January 2022
Dionne Ward-Anderson 16 November 2021 Ongoing
Rachel Rawlinson 20 November 2021 Ongoing
Keirsten Hodgens 10 December 2021 Ongoing 29 March 2022

30 March 2022

31 March 2022

Marilyn Caserta 26 December 2021 Ongoing
Paisley Billings 8 January 2022 Ongoing
Chiara Assetta 27 January 2022 Ongoing
Abbi Hodgson 7 February 2022 Ongoing
Shannen Quan 11 February 2022 Ongoing
Danielle Rose 10 March 2022 Ongoing
Aiesha Pease 10 March 2022 15 March 2022
Kennedy Carstens 12 March 2022 Ongoing
Esme Rothero 17 March 2022 Ongoing
Grace Melville 20 March 2022 Ongoing
Kelly Taylor 1 April 2022 Ongoing
Cassie Silva 3 April 2022 Ongoing
Olivia Donalson 4 April 2022 Ongoing
Channing Weir 2 May 2022 Ongoing


Trivia[]

  • Not much is known about Anna before 1527, apart from her date of birth.
  • Henry met Anna privately in disguise on New Year's Day 1540 at Rochester Abbey in Rochester, as this was a courtly-love tradition. It is possible that Anna was unaware that the man in disguise was Henry, as she "regarded him little".
    • Some believe that this instance was why Henry referred to Anna as "ugly", since he was deeply offended by her failure to reciprocate the loving gesture.
  • Anna was friends with Katherine Howard, and it is possible that Katherine served as Anna's maid of honour.
  • After Anna's divorce from Henry, one of the residences given to her was that of the Boleyn's, Hever Castle.
    • Due to the generous divorce settlements that Anna received from Henry, she is often called "the King's Beloved Sister".
  • After Katherine Howard's beheading, Henry was pressured by Anna and her brother William to remarry her; however, Henry refused.
  • Anna stated "Madam Parr is taking a great burden on herself" upon finding out about her marriage to Henry.
  • Anna was the last of Henry's wives to die; she died nine years after Catherine Parr, his sixth and final wife.
  • For swings and alternates that have two first covers, the role of Anna of Cleves is most often paired with that of Catherine of Aragon.
    • For swings and alternates that have three first covers, the role is most often paired with that of Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn.
  • Over all, out of the four alternate costumes, the black costume is most associated with the role of Cleves; four out of the seven actresses cast as the black alternate have had Cleves as one of their intended first covers.
  • In the musical, Anna's 'queenspirations' were Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.
  • In an Instagram story, Toby Marlow stated that if Six were to be made into a movie, he would like either Lizzo or Cardi B to play Anna.[1]

Gallery[]

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"But I didn't look as good as I did in my pic..."
To view the Anna of Cleves gallery, click here.

References[]

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