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: THE WORST WITCH, Royal and DerngateBWW Review: THE WORST WITCH, Royal and Derngate
Posted: Dec. 14, 2018

BWW Review: THE REMAINS OF THE DAY, Royal and DerngateBWW Review: THE REMAINS OF THE DAY, Royal and Derngate
Posted: Feb. 28, 2019

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

BWW Review: THE POPE, Royal and Derngate, NorthamptonBWW Review: THE POPE, Royal and Derngate, Northampton
Posted: Jun. 21, 2019

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.

BWW Reviews: KING LEAR, Royal and Derngate, April 5
April 6, 2016

Michael Pennington takes on KING LEAR at Northampton's Royal and Derngate, ahead of a UK tour. Verity Wilde was there for

BWW Reviews: THE HERBAL BED, Royal and Derngate
February 12, 2016

The first major touring revival of Peter Whelan's THE HERBAL BED debuts at Northampton's Royal and Derngate. BroadwayWorld's Verity Wilde was there.

BWW Review: THE SNOW QUEEN, Royal and Derngate, Nov 27 2015
November 29, 2015

THE SNOW QUEEN is the first of Royal and Derngate's two pantomimes to open - Verity Wilde was there to review for BroadwayWorld.

BWW Reviews: GASLIGHT, Royal and Derngate, October 24 2015
October 24, 2015

The latest Made in Northampton production from Royal and Derngate is Patrick Hamilton's GASLIGHT, starring Tara Fitzgerald and Jonathan Firth. Verity Wilde was there for Broadwayworld.