The Verdict, Darlington Hippodrome Review (AD)

I was invited along to watch The Verdict at Darlington Hippodrome.

The Verdict is based on the novel by Barry Reed. Also bestselling courtroom thriller that inspired a multi Academy Award-Nominated film.


Frank Galvin, played by Ian Kelsey, who you will recognise from the ‘small screen’ on Emmerdale, Casualty and Coronation Street . He plays a washed up veteran lawyer and an alcoholic. A tortured old broken soul. Who’s dealing with grief, rejection and not fitting in the world that he has chosen to be in.

He’s dealing with the death of his father and younger brother and was plucked off the gang plank in his U.S Marine Core greens by Moe Katz who is his legal partner and taken under his wing. Since he’s been back on his feet he’s tarnished his own brush by being stubborn and arrogant.

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.

Overall I loved the performance. With strong performances and outstanding stage set. I would highly recommend going to see this if you’re a fan of courtroom dramas.

The Verdict runs at Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday 5 to Saturday 9 February. 

For more information or to book call 01325 405405 or visit

*I was invited to watch The Verdict In exchange of a review

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