The Verdict Press Quotes

“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.”
WORCESTER NEWS

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

“The casting of this play is perfection. A sixteen strong cast could not be better chosen in their respective roles. It really is a dream team. The diverse and extraordinary talented Clive Mantle…… excellent execution of this highly intelligent script…… with award winning actor Jack Shepherd offering a standout performance.”
WOLVERHAMPTON EXPRESS & STAR

“Exceptional collection of performances. By some measure one of the finest acted productions in recent memory. ….a truly enviable line up of talent. It’s a resolutely superlative cast that elevate an already compelling piece into something even bolder. The Verdict is an absorbing, rich and supremely confident slice of courtroom intrigue, the likes of which we sadly do not see enough of.”
HALESOWEN NEWS

“The Verdict is a captivating American courtroom drama that will have you gripped. Mantle and Shepherd have a wonderful chemistry on stage which makes The Verdict a joy to watch…..thrilling.”
SALISBURY JOURNAL

“This is live theatre at its very best. This powerful courtroom thriller hooks the audience in the first few seconds and holds them spellbound until the compelling finale.”
DAILY ECHO

“A first-class performance… go and see The Verdict!”
YORKSHIRE TIMES

“Clive Mantle gives a towering performance in this simmering play…amongst the best examples of naturalistic acting I’ve ever seen at Theatre Severn. Middle Ground’s stage production is equally well cast with Jack Shepherd and Peter Harding giving Mantle terrific support… It’s a well thought out, intelligently written, cleverly produced and directed, and exceptionally well-acted play. In short, everything a good piece of theatre should be.”
VIRTUAL SHROPSHIRE

“Works splendidly on every level. It is a slick, highly-entertaining two-hour fifty minutes… this is a first class drama on every count.”
WIRRAL GLOBE

“A superbly acted courtroom drama”
MERSEYSIDER MAGAZINE

“Keeps the audience holding its breath… a great evening of theatre”
THE FINE TIMES RECORDER

“Gripping stuff!”
BRIGHTON ARGUS

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

“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”
SARDINES MAGAZINE

“Compelling… Clive Mantle excels in the role of Galvin… strong performances from the main characters and large ensemble cast.”
WESTERN MAIL

“An excellent and gripping production. It’s a theatrical treat well worth seeing. 4.5 STARS”
BEHINDTHEARRAS

“Carefully measured, entertaining… an excellent production. 4.5 STARS”
THE LATEST MAGAZINE

“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!”
QUENCH

“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”
ART SCENE IN WALES

2017 cast of The Verdict