Reviewed by Lynsey Miller
Based on the 1982 movie and adaption of Barry Reed’s novel of same name The Verdict is a good old-fashioned court room battle of the underdog against large corporate USA. Based in Boston the story tells the story of a mother who hires a small-time lawyer to find justice for her daughter.
Frank Galvin attorney at law agrees to take on Mrs McDail’s malpractice case against St Catherine Laboure Hospital and two of his most respected MD’s. But after meeting Mrs McDail’s daughter and suspecting a cover up, instead of taking the cash settlement being offered Frank is determined to make the hospital and the catholic church pay for its mistakes. Even although the stakes are high and everything is against him.
Ian Kelsey portrayed the down in his luck ambulance chasing attorney superbly. And featuring a few well-known faces from UK’s much-loved soaps you will not be disappointed by the supporting cast. My particular favourite was Denis Lill who played the role of Moe Katz – Frank’s mentor. He was sensational and made me laugh throughout.
The King’s Theatre is a traditional small theatre with a very welcoming atmosphere and friendly helpful staff. It is located in the city centre so is easily accessible by public transport but is also surrounded by on street parking. It has a couple of small bars perfect for a pre-theatre or interval drinks. And has a huge variety of restaurants and bars for food and drink pre and post show.
I really enjoyed my night watching this gripping story unfold. With a few unexpected twists thrown in and some great characters it had me hooked right to the end. I would certainly recommend to friends and family and give the production 4 out of 5 stars.
Tickets cost from £18.50 to £32 (booking fees may apply).
The Verdict is at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from 30 April to 4 May 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.capitaltheatres.com or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000