Scandal, fueding friends, glamourous WAGS, some amature sleuthing, an expensive court case and a catchy nickname; the Wagatha Christie melodrama was destined to be recreated for the stage and screen. 

And Vardy V Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial, the West End stage show of the whole sensational affair, is fiercely funny - the kind of funny that enduces laugh-out-loud laughter. 

I went to see the show at Wyndham’s Theatre in Leicester Square, and it was great.

The Resident: The Wagatha Christie setThe Wagatha Christie set (Image: Immy Share, Newsquest)

I’d briefly followed the Vardy V Rooney trial when it happened.

I can't say I had taken a huge interest in it, but I had a vague idea about what had gone on and the court's decision. But I didn't know it inside out, like I feel like I do now. 


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

It explored 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 since, so unsurprising the show will run for a second season at the Ambassador Theatre from April to May next year. 

Actress Lucy May Barker was phenomenal as the ferocious, take-no-prisioners Rebekah Vardy, while Laura Dos Santos and her scouse accent made Coleen Rooney absolutely magnificent.

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

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

The audience roared with laughter throughout, the plot was cclear and signposted well, and the show felt like a real-life court room with an appropriate addition of hyperbole.

The show revealed what went on behind closed doors, with one-liners and shocking 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.

Vardy V Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial will run from April 6, 2023 to May 20, 2023, at the Ambassador Theatre. 

Tickets from £25.

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