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Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd presents

The Verdict By Barry Reed

Directed and designed by Michael Lunney 

Adapted by Margaret May Hobbs.


Starring Jason Merrells, Richard Walsh and Reanne Farley.

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

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, Jason Wilson, Okon Jones, Michael Lunney, Sarah Shelton, 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

'A day in court not to be missed...Jason Merrells is immense in the role of Galvin. He commands the stage and is thoroughly convincing as the crusading lawyer.' Bath Echo

★★★★★'This beautifully crafted, intelligently direct and fast-paced script is rich in traditional storytelling methods, delivering maximum impact as crucial moments, resulting in an intense, absorbing and thoroughly satisfying production.' The Bath Magazine

'The play is full of dramatic twists and turns and is captivating throughout...' 

The producers of this show cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control.

Running Time

Approximately 2 Hours and 40 Minutes including an interval.

Age Advice:

Recommended for ages 12+

Standard Pricing
Tue - Thu 7.30pm £15 to £32.50
Wed 2pm £15 to £32.50
Fri - Sat 7.30pm £17.50 to £37.50
Sat 2pm £17.50 to £37.50

Discounts do not apply lowest priced tickets unless otherwise stated.

Executive & Executive Plus Memberships [Find Out More] £6 off top two prices at all performances or 20% off two tickets on Tue 18 July..
Groups (10+) £5 off. Not available online - please call 02380 711811.
Groups (20+) £6 off plus one free ticket with every 20 purchased.
Not available online - please call 02380 711811.
Schools and Young People's Groups (10+) All tickets £19.50 on Tue-Thu performances only, plus one free supervisor with every 10. Not available online - please email
Access Membership [What's This?] £5 off.

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Debbie Borthwick

Debbie Borthwick

Debbie Borthwick

Debbie Borthwick