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07th Mar 2023

One of the best courtroom dramas in movie history is coming to The Gaiety this summer

Stephen Porzio

The film was nominated for five Oscars.

The Gaiety Theatre in Dublin has announced that it will stage a production of The Verdict, which is based on Barry Reed’s 1980 novel that inspired the hit 1982 movie of the same name.

Directed by Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico) and written by David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross), the 1982 film starred Oscar-winner Paul Newman (The Color of Money) as Frank Galvin, a down-on-his-luck alcoholic lawyer who accepts a seemingly open-and-shut medical malpractice case. However, he decides to take it to trial rather than settle.

Co-starring Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason and Milo O’Shea, the movie garnered critical acclaim and box office success upon release and went on to be nominated for five Oscars. It is now considered as being one of the best courtroom dramas in history.

Jason Merrells and Vincent Pirello in The Verdict

The theatre version of The Verdict will run at the Gaiety from 30 May to 3 June and will see Happy Valley actor Jason Merrells in the role of Frank Galvin.

The plot synopsis for the adaptation reads:

“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 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…”

Tickets for the show are on sale now from €16.50. For more information, visit The Gaiety Theatre’s website right here.

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