The Verdict

The Verdict

Main Space

Tue 23 May - Sat 27 May

2.30PM - 7.30PM

The powerful bestselling courtroom thriller that inspired a multi Academy Award-Nominated film that starred Paul Newman. 

Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd presents, The Verdict by Barry Reed, directed and designed by Michael Lunney and adapted by Margaret May Hobbs. Starring Jason Merrells, Richard Walsh and Reanne Farley.


Frank Galvin is a washed up veteran lawyer and an alcoholic. He is presented with one last chance to redeem himself when he is given an open-and-shut medical malpractice case that no one thinks he can win. Up against the unforgiving medical establishment, he courageously refuses an out-of-court settlement, believing it is negligence that has condemned a young mother. Smelling a cover up, he instead takes the case and the entire legal system to court...


Jason Merrells is known to millions for his roles in Agatha Raisin, Emmerdale, Casualty, Waterloo Road and many more. He is joined by Richard Walsh (London's Burning), Reanne Farley (River City), Vincent Pirillo, Nigel Barber, Okon Jones, Michael Lunney, Sarah Shelton, Jason Wilson, Teresa Jennings, Holly Jackson Walters, James Morley, Bruce Chattan, Anna Arthur and Dave Speck.


This phenomenal and gripping courtroom thriller has been a huge success at theatres across the UK and Ireland.


“Outstanding. The best performance we've seen in a very long time. You'll be crazy to miss it”. - Cardiff Times


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“If you love classic courtroom drama, then The Verdict is probably one of the best that you’ll ever see on stage. And those lucky enough to have tickets for the Middle Ground Theatre Company production at the Theatre Royal in Bath last week will surely testify. The plot crackles along at a fairly fast pace with all of the usual twists and turns that you might expect……..This stage adaptation is a first-rate production that should not be missed.”  -The Wiltshire Times


“This is a gripping courtroom drama with some fine acting and impressive set design…..the atsmosphere is thoroughly engaging, almost televisual. We are right there with the action…Jason Merrells is immense… it is a very impressive production for Middle Ground, with a big story to tell and every one of the cast is totally committed in this performance….a fine piece of theatre with high drama and emotion.” -Western Daily Press


“If you love a courtroom drama then The Verdict is probably one of the best….this is a cracking production of one of the most famous in the field…this new adaptation for stage by Margaret May Hobbs doesn’t disappoint. This is a “ no expense spared” production with a large cast of 17 that really bring this drama to life…. Jason Merrells’ superb portrayal shows Galvin as a man just hanging in on the right side of drunk but once galvanised into action is determined to fight every inch of the way. He is well matched by Nigel Barber as defence attorney J Edgar Concannon- wily, clever and determined to win. They are well supported by the rest of the cast who flesh out the various characters of this intense and absorbing drama including Richard Walsh as both the Bishop and Judge Sweeney, Vincent Pirillo as Galvin’s mentor Moe Katz and Teresa Jennings in the sensitive role of Nurse Rooney. The pace is good, the story cracks along with a few twists on the way and the audience on the night I went were so engaged they audibly gasped at some of the plot turns. This is a brilliant production of a first-rate story that should not be missed.” -British Theatre Guide


“The play is full of dramatic twists and turns and is captivating throughout….there is subtle humour throughout….the staging is impressive and detailed…the cast is made up of a group of incredibly talented actors. Jason Merrells plays Frank Galvin and his performance is outstanding. I would recommend that you go to see it if you can. I promise you will not be disappointed.”

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