The Verdict

The powerful best-selling courtroom thriller that inspired a multi Academy Award-Nominated film

What price the truth?

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.

A stunning courtroom thriller made famous by the five times Oscar-nominated Sidney Lumet film with Paul Newman and James Mason.

Clive Mantle has been a household favourite for over three decades, with regular roles in hit television series Robin Of Sherwood, The Vicar Of Dibley, Mount Pleasant, White Van Man, Game of Thrones and of course Dr Mike Barratt in both Casualty and Holby City. Jack Shepherd is one of our most celebrated actors and has a distinguished career in theatre, television and film spanning over fifty years. He is probably best known for his portrayal of Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe in the hugely popular television series Wycliffe.

The cast also includes Richard Walsh (London's Burning), Peter Harding, Cassie Bancroft, Tom Roberts (Emmerdale, 2point4 Children), Veronica Quilligan, Okon Jones, Michael Lunney, Nuala Walsh, Eugenia Caruso, Jog Maher, Marcus Knibbs and Hannah Timms.


Middle Ground Theatre Company presents

By Barry Reed

Adapted by Margaret May Hobbs

Directed & designed by Michael Lunney

Cast includes Clive Mantle, Jack Shepherd and Richard Walsh in a full cast of fifteen


"The Verdict is outstanding. The BEST performance we've seen in a very long time. You'll be crazy to miss it" CARDIFF TIMES

“This World Stage Premiere of Barry Reed’s gripping narrative is an absolute tour de force in the finest tradition of court room dramas. Clive Mantle strides the stage like some bedraggled, crumpled suited colossus. Thoroughly Entertaining”

“Absolutely Unanimous verdict – it’s a hit! A theatrical treat that is a near perfect and certainly powerful courtroom drama… utterly captivating”

“Fantastic … Possibly the best court room drama ever made. A must see!”

“A masterful piece of theatre that grips its audiences throughout. It’s a beautifully cast production….Clive Mantle turns in a tour de force performance. Enthralling theatre at its very best”

“A satisfying courtroom drama with a lot of soul and a fine cast that you won’t want to miss. 4 STARS”

“Leaves you on the edge of your seat…this was probably one of the best performances I had seen at the theatre. For a moment I even forgot I was watching a play and thought I was in an actual courtroom. Mantle and Shepherd are most definitely worth going to see if not for the heart-wrenching storyline itself!”

“This play adaptation of The Verdict proved that courtroom dramas are as intense on stage as they are on screen and every bit as captivating”

"Excellent production ... carefully measured and entertaining. 4.5 STARS" 'THE LATEST' MAGAZINE

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Running times

Act 1 70 mins

Interval 20 mins

Act 2 70 mins

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