Vardy V Rooney Wagatha Christie theatre review

When you hear about court and when you hear about a libel claim, you don’t often hear laughter at the same time – and nor the reference WAG with it.

Well, this one is different, you do hear them all together, and it isn’t just laughter – it’s fierce, belly, laugh-out-loud kind of laughter.

I went to see the Vardy V Rooney Wagatha Christie play at Wyndham’s Theatre in Leicester Square, and it was great.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: The Wagatha Christie setThe Wagatha Christie set (Image: Immy Share, Newsquest)

I’d briefly followed the Vardy V Rooney trial when it happened, having a vague idea of what was going on and the outcome, but I didn’t know it inside out like I feel like I do now.

I can’t pretend I’d taken a HUGE interest in it.

I wanted to know what happened, but I wasn’t following it as closely as others were.

However, in the theatre, it’s something different.

Seven sensational days of High Court drama was cut and edited into 90 minutes of pure hilarity, chaos, and WAGified drama.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: L-R: Jonathan Broadbent (Hugh Tomlinson QC), Lucy May Barker (Rebekah Vardy), Laura Dos Santos (Coleen Rooney), Tom Turner (David Sherborne) (photo credit: Tristram Kenton)L-R: Jonathan Broadbent (Hugh Tomlinson QC), Lucy May Barker (Rebekah Vardy), Laura Dos Santos (Coleen Rooney), Tom Turner (David Sherborne) (photo credit: Tristram Kenton) (Image: Tristram Kenton)

It explores privacy, tabloid press, celebrities, footballers and social media in a modern day world.

The production opened on November 15 and has played to packed houses and standing ovations ever since, so it is unsurprising that it’s moving to the West End for another limited run between April and May next year.

You should get your tickets ASAP, trust me.

Actress Lucy May Barker was beyond phenomenal as the giving-no-sh**s Rebekah Vardy, while Laura Dos Santos and her scouse accent made Coleen Rooney absolutely magnificent.

The acting pair depicted the WAG enemies perfectly, were absolutely hilarious in their delivery, and left the audience wanting more and more WAG drama.

Jonathan Broadbent and Tom Turner played the pairs’ legal representatives, and were again absolutely fantastic at doing so.

The audience roared with laughter throughout, it was clear exactly what was going on, and it felt like a real-life court room with an appropriate addition of hyperbole.

It revealed exactly what went on behind closed doors, with one-liners and boundary-blurring revelations.

It’s not often you get WAGs in the West End, it’s not often you get a court case in the West End, and it’s not often you get both of those and a properly funny evening all in one.

The trial gripped the nation, and this should too.

Richmond and Twickenham Times | Theatre