Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial will transfer to London’s Ambassadors Theatre for a limited 6-week run next year.
The court drama will run Monday to Saturday at the Ambassadors from 6 April 2023 until 20 May 2023. The final 4 remaining performances at the Wyndham’s Theatre (6th, 13th, 20th Dec 2022 and 10th Jan. 2023) are already sold-out.
The show was originally planned as a one-off performance at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2022, but due to popular demand, multiple sold-out dates were set for the run in the new 2023 West End season.
October 9 2019 was the day Coleen Rooney posted a shocking revelation on her social media channels, and, in mid November the documentary theatre production opened and has played to standing ovations ever since.
Based on seven intense days of High Court transcripts adapted by the finalist in the Paines Plough’s Women’s Prize for Playwriting, Liv Hennessy, this “parable for our social media age” is a sensational story that explores press and celebrity in today’s Britain, erasing the boundaries between tabloid scoop, soap opera and court case.
Audiences will witness first-hand, and told by Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney, how the trial that captivated the country played out.
The star of the production is Lucy May Barker (Mamma Mia!) and Laura Dos Santos (Yes So I Said Yes) as Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney.
The show is directed by the Artistic Director of Theatre503, Lisa Spirling, and produced by Eleanor Lloyd, producer of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution running at the London County Hall.
Design is done by Polly Sullivan, the composer and sound designer is Richard Hammarton, the lighting designer is Ben Bull, and Lizzie Manwaring is assistant director.
In the 5-star Time Out review of Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial, it says:
“Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial is a pretty faithful stage retelling of the 2022 libel case that followed, as Vardy took Rooney to court to prove her innocence. Fans of a courtroom drama have a lot to be excited about as Lisa Spirling’s production proudly announces that all dialogue delivered from the witness stand is taken directly from the court transcripts...”