The now infamous Wagatha Christie trial between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy is set to hit the stage for one night only at London’s West End. Yes, really.
Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial has been adapted from the High Court transcript by Liv Hennessy and will be directed by Lisa Spirling.
The play is set to be produced by Eleanor Lloyd who is the woman behind the stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Witness For The Prosecution which is currently playing in London.
Producer Lloyd, who is also president of the Society of London Theatre, said: “The way the trial gripped the nation – myself included – demonstrated to me straight away how well this story would translate to the stage; the twists and turns of the case were so intriguing you couldn’t write it.”
For One Night Only, grab a seat for the trial that gripped the nation……….
Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial. ???⚽️
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Director Spirling, who is the artistic director of Theatre503, added: “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 courtroom script to life.”
The trial made headlines internationally after Vardy sued Rooney for libel, a case she inevitably lost.
In a now-viral tweet, Rooney claimed that she configured her Instagram story settings so that only Vardy could see them, and posted false stories there as part of a “sting operation”.
Rooney shared stories about a flooding in her house, as well as travelling to Mexico to undergo gender selection treatment during pregnancy. These stories ended up being published in the British press.
Vardy denied leaking the stories, while Rooney has said that the claims made in her post were “substantially true”.