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Verity Wilde

Verity Wilde

Verity is a journalist who likes to escape from the world of news by visiting the theatre. A lot. She was about 10 when she saw her first West End Show (Cats) but her theatre-going habit was kick-started by an obsession with We Will Rock You in her late teens. She tries to get to the theatre at least twice a month - but her attendance record is her trip to New York - seven shows in five days... Living in the Midlands she sees a mixture of West End, off-West End and regional productions.


BWW Review: ALONE IN BERLIN, Royal and Derngate
February 15, 2020

Given the turbulent times that we live in, a new stage adaptation of Hans Fallada's Alone in Berlin would seem like a smart choice for an ambitious theatre (or theatres, as this is a co-production with York Theatre Royal, in association with Oxford Playhouse).

BWW Review: PIPPI LONGSTOCKING, Royal And Derngate
December 19, 2019

BWW Review: CINDERELLA, Royal and Derngate
December 11, 2019

BWW Review: A NIGHT AT THE MUSICALS, Royal and Derngate
October 23, 2019

The London Musical Theatre Orchestra's new concert A Night at the Musicals is a well-judged programme of crowd-pleasing favourites, where my only real complaint was the sound mix. Guided by their charming conductor Freddie Tapner, there are songs from The Greatest Showman, Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton as well as Disney classics and the more expected West End staples from Lloyd Webber, Wicked and Les Mis.

BWW Review: TWO TRAINS RUNNING, Royal And Derngate
September 6, 2019

A slice-of-African-American-life in 1960s Pittsburgh comes to life at Royal and Derngate

BWW Review: THE POPE, Royal and Derngate, Northampton
June 21, 2019

The world premiere of Anthony McCarten's (The Theory of Everything, Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour) play The Pope at Royal and Derngate looks at a turning point moment in the Catholic Church - the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI and his replacement with Pope Francis. Two popes living, but more than that, the retirement was a challenge to the idea that a pope should die in office - an idea that had been unchallenged for 700 years.

BWW Review: RICHARD III, Royal and Derngate
May 17, 2019

Held together by a mesmerising performance by Tom Mothersdale, Headlong's production of Richard III races along at such a pace that it's only after it stops that you realise exactly how much ground they have managed to cover. In John Haidar's hands, one of the very longest of Shakespeare's plays is a just over two and a half hours - including interval - which means that the death toll mounts at some speed.

BWW Review: GHOSTS, Royal and Derngate
May 2, 2019

Mike Poulton's new version of Ibsen's Ghosts will play on your nerves and force you to confront some dark truths.

BWW Review: THE REMAINS OF THE DAY, Royal and Derngate
February 28, 2019

The very stiffest of stiff upper lips is on display at Royal and Derngate in the premiere of Barney Norris's adaptation of The Remains of the Day.

BWW Review: THE WORST WITCH, Royal and Derngate
December 14, 2018

The world premiere of a stage version of Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch is the non-panto festive show at Northampton's Royal and Derngate this Christmas, ahead of a national tour in 2019.

BWW Review: SPACE SHAMBLES, Royal Albert Hall
June 16, 2018

SPACE SHAMBLES, hosted by astronaut Chris Hadfield and comedian Robin Ince, was part of the Royal Albert Hall's inaugural Festival of Science on Friday 15 June. Verity Wilde was there.

BWW Review: LOVE FROM A STRANGER, Royal and Derngate
March 10, 2018

Agatha Christie and Frank Vosper's Love from a Stranger returns to the stage in this collaboration between Royal and Derngate and Firey Angel. And it's a disconcerting experience, as what starts off seeming like a conventional enough story turns into something altogether creepier.

BWW Review: ALADDIN, Royal and Derngate
December 13, 2017

For me, the best thing about panto is the stuff that's not in the script - we went every year when I was little and my favourite memory is of the year that Brian Blessed's trousers split when he was playing Captain Hook and he and Smee had an extended fit of giggles.

BWW Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK, Royal and Derngate
December 8, 2017

My first ever Christmas theatre experience was in the Royal Theatre in Northampton - back when they had a celebrity panto in the Derngate and a traditional panto in the Royal.

BroadwayWorld's Top Christmas Picks For The Midlands
November 17, 2017

Christmas is coming, and along with the lists of food to buy and presents to wrap, there's the traditional conundrum about which Christmas show to go and see. Fear not - BroadwayWorld has been checking out what's on around the Midlands this festive season. Hint: Cinderella is *really* popular this year.

October 15, 2017

A bittersweet trip back to a school in throes of Cool Britannia.

BWW Review: RULES FOR LIVING, Royal and Derngate
September 17, 2017

A family Christmas hurtles towards disaster with hilarious consequences in RULES FOR LIVING at Royal and Derngate in Northampton ahead of a national tour.

BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, Royal and Derngate, 2 December 2016
December 3, 2016

Making the European premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher the not-panto Christmas show in Northampton's Royal Theatre may well have been an inspired move by the powers-that-be at Royal and Derngate. There are no soap stars, celebrities or Britain's Got Talent competitors here, but it does feel like it has some shared DNA with a pantomime. There's a dame - Michael Matus's Mrs Bumbrake; an evilly over-the-top baddie you can't take your eyes off in Greg Haiste's Lord Flashheart-eque Black Stache; and Evelyn Hoskins' Molly is practically a Principal Boy. And that's before you get to the fact that this is a prequel of sorts to Peter Pan. There's jokes about farts for children, about British colonialism for grown-ups and about Philip Glass for the geeks.

BWW Review: THE TEMPEST, Royal and Derngate, June 30
July 1, 2016

A National Youth Theatre ensemble shines in a specially adapted TEMPEST at Royal and Derngate, Northampton.

BWW Reviews: SOUL, Royal and Derngate, May 27
May 29, 2016

SOUL is billed as the untold story of Marvin Gaye - but it's really a dysfunctional family drama, with one participant who happens to be famous.