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‘Wagatha Christie’ trial to be staged in the West End

The Rebekah Vardy and Colleen Rooney court case will be dramatised.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Step aside Agatha Christie, there’s a new court case in town. Liv Hennessy adapts Vardy v. Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial in the West End. Vardy v. Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial will play on select dates from 15 November to 10 Jan. 2023 at the Wyndham's Theatre.

Using seven days of transcripts from the court case, the play will reveal what went on between WAGs Rebekah Vardy and Colleen Rooney, and how the court case blended soap opera and social media. According to press material, “audiences will see first-hand, and in the words of Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney, how the extraordinary week in court played out.”

Lisa Spirling directs Vardy v. Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial. “This trial asks key questions about the complex boundaries between privacy and celebrity in modern Britain and what it is to be a so-called ‘WAG’. I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Eleanor, Eilene and Liv to bring this extraordinary court room script to life,” said Spirling.

Lucy May Barker will play Rebekah Vardy and Laura Dos Santos will play Coleen Rooney. Jonathan Broadbent plays Hugh Tomlinson QC, joined by Nathan McMullen and Sharan Phull who multi-role as people including Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy and Harpreet Robertson.

What is Wagatha Christie?

Wagatha Christie is a nickname given to Colleen Rooney after she accused Rebekah Vardy of leaking posts from a private Instagram account to the Sun newspaper. The Wagatha Christie nickname is after Agatha Christie, a crime writer whose stories The Mousetrap and* Witness for the Prosecution* play in the West End.

Photo credit: Vardy v. Rooney (Photo courtesy of production)

Article originally published on 20 October.

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