Middle Ground Theatre Company presents

The Verdict

by Barry Reed


Tuesday 21 - Saturday 25 May 2019 Download Calendar

The Lyric


The powerful best-selling courtroom thriller.

What price the truth?

Following the phenomenal success of its world premiere tour, Middle Ground Theatre Company is delighted to present the second tour of the gripping and critically acclaimed courtroom sensation The Verdict.

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 and the all-powerful Catholic Church, 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.

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

Ian Kelsey is known by millions for his regular roles in Blue Murder, Emmerdale, Casualty, Down To Earth, Where The Heart Is, Doctors and Coronation Street. He is joined by veteran star Denis Lill (Only Fools & Horses/The Royal), Paul Opacic (Bad Girls/Emmerdale/ Hollyoaks), Christopher Ettridge (Goodnight Sweetheart), Rard Walsh (London’s Burning), & Karen Drury (Brookside) in a full cast of fifteen.

The Verdict is outstanding. The BEST performance we’ve seen in a long time. You’ll be crazy to miss it.

Cardiff Times

Thrilling…A joy to watch.

Salisbury Journal


Express & Star

Running time: 2hrs 40mins (approx.)
Age guidance: 14+ (contains occasional strong language)

Pricing & Concessions

Tickets from £12

Ticket prices vary and may be subject to change. Book early to get the best prices

View our seating map here.


Under 16s, Student, & Young Company:
£6 off price bands A, B & C (Tue – Thu eves & Sat matinee)

Over 60s, Unwaged, Disabled & People’s Company:
£3.50 off price bands A, B & C (Tue – Thu eves & Sat matinee)

Corporate Members:
£5 off price bands A, B & C (Tue – Thu eves & Sat matinee)

Half price on price bands A, B & C (First performance only)

Groups of 10+:
£5 off per ticket on price bands A, B & C (plus 1 complimentary ticket for bookings 20+)

School groups of 10+:
£10 tickets on price bands A, B, & C (Tue – Thu)

Rehearsed Reading

The company of The Verdict are going to perform a rehearsed reading during their stay in Plymouth. Please feel free to pop in and join us for this unique opportunity, find out more details below:


followed by a brief discussion

1.00pm Friday 24th May
Pennon Room (2nd Floor), Theatre Royal Plymouth
Contains strong language

Directed by Christopher Ettridge

Performed by members of the cast of The Verdict: Alexandra Fisher, Greg Fitch, Holly Jackson Walters, Anne Kavanagh, Jog Maher, Jim Morley, Josephine Rogers

Technician – Jeremy Barnaby

This is an adaptation of six of thirty-five short stories by Canadian writer Cary Fagan published as The Old World.

Here’s what he says about them:

“Many years ago the photographs in this book became separated from their original owners, faces unrecognised, settings a mystery. They floated through this world, as if on a sorrowful wind.

Of course there are millions of such images, but these thirty-five have found their way to me. I have given them stories to replace the ones they’ve lost. And while the stories are as varied as the photographs themselves, I imagine them belonging to one history, found in an album that might belong to any one of us.”

The Stories

We Have To Be Careful
The Call
Bloody Tuesday

What we present will be a rehearsed reading.
We’d like to see if it has a further life…

Spaces are limited and will be given on a first come first served basis, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.