Look, it may not be high art, but it is definitely a hoot. And perceptive too. Using the court transcripts from the Wagatha Christie trial, in which footballer’s wife Rebekah Vardy sued Coleen Rooney for libel after the latter accused Vardy of leaking personal information about her and her family to the Sun newspaper, this is verbatim style theatre as you’ve never seen it before, and it unfolds like a comedy of manners, one which points up the protagonists, but also the audience’s, conflicting and sometimes complex attitudes towards celebrity, fame, and privacy.
Due to popular demand, 'Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial' will play for a strictly limited run at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End. The trial that gripped the nation has been adapted from seven days of High Court transcripts by Liv Hennessy (finalist in the Paines Plough’s Women’s Prize for Playwriting) and directed by Lisa Spirling (Artistic Director of Theatre503). From sting operations to sensational headlines, this verbatim production will reveal what went on behind closed doors in the case that turned social media sleuthing into high drama. Audiences will see first-hand, and in the words of Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney, how the extraordinary week in court played out. Vardy v Rooney is a story stranger than fiction, with lurid one-liners and revelations blurring the boundaries of tabloid and court case, social media and soap opera. This unique moment in British media history captivated the country but while public debate raged, only a handful of people witnessed what happened in the trial. Now audiences can watch the intrigue and intricacies of the case live on stage in the West End. Age Recommendation: 12+. Under 5s not permitted. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Please note: Contains occasional explicit language.