Preview: The Verdict, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton, from February 28

Preview: The Verdict, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton, from February 28

The powerful bestselling courtroom thriller that inspired a multi Academy Award-Nominated film starring Paul Newman, The Verdict, comes to MAST Mayflower Studios from Tuesday 28 February to Saturday 4 March.

Frank Galvin is a 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.

Starring Jason Merrells, Richard Walsh and Reanne Farley, this phenomenal and gripping courtroom thriller has been a huge success at theatres across the UK and Ireland.

“It’s a courtroom drama,” explains Jason, known to millions for his roles in Agatha Raisin, Emmerdale, Casualty, and Waterloo Road.

“The story of a washed up, middle-aged alcoholic lawyer called Frank Galvin, who lives in Boston in the early 1980s.

“He’s a World War Two veteran, a drinker, and his marriage is in a mess. He spends his time looking in the local newspaper for deaths and injuries so he can offer his services as a lawyer, so he’s on the very lowest rung of the legal ladder.

“And then this case comes before him, a medical malpractice case. He’s offered a settlement, but he goes to see the patient who’s in a coma, and he decides that this is the case he has to fight.

“And it becomes a kind of tale of personal redemption for him, a kind of heroic effort against all the odds and against the establishment of Boston.

“I’d recommend people come to see The Verdict because it’s a fantastic story and a wonderful company.

“It’s funny, it’s warm, it’s heartbreaking. It’s a love story. But mainly it’s a tale of redemption. And I think everyone can benefit from seeing something like that.”

Tickets for The Verdict (28 February – 4 March) are on sale at or 02380 711833.

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