The Verdict


Tuesday 28th February to Saturday 4th March 2017, 7:30pm
Matinee performances on Wed and Sat, 2:30pm
Tickets from £21.50*
PLEASE NOTE NEW OPENING NIGHT OF TUESDAY 28TH FEB 2017

Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd presents

The Verdict By Barry Reed
Adapted by Margaret May Hobbs
Designed & directed by Michael Lunney

STARRING CLIVE MANTLE, JACK SHEPHERD and RICHARD WALSH in a full cast of fifteen.

The powerful best-selling courtroom thriller that inspired a multi Academy Award-Nominated film.


What price the truth?

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 medical establishment and the all-powerful Catholic Church, 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.

A stunning courtroom thriller made famous by the five times OSCAR nominated Sidney Lumet film with Paul Newman and James Mason.





Clive Mantle has been a household favourite for over three decades, with regular roles in hit television series Robin Of Sherwood, The Vicar Of Dibley, Mount Pleasant, White Van Man, Game of Thrones and of course Dr Mike Barratt in both Casualty and Holby City.

Jack Shepherd is one of our most celebrated actors and has a distinguished career in theatre, television and film spanning over fifty years. His awards include a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award, a Plays and Players London Critics’ Award, and a Time Out Award. He is probably best known for his portrayal of Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe in the hugely popular television series Wycliffe.

The cast also includes Richard Walsh (London's Burning), Peter Harding, Cassie Bancroft, Tom Roberts (Emmerdale / 2point4 Children), Veronica Quilligan, Okon Jones, Michael Lunney, Nuala Walsh, Eugenia Caruso, Jog Maher, Marcus Knibbs and Hannah Timms.

"The Verdict is outstanding. The BEST performance we've seen in a very long time. You'll be crazy to miss it." CARDIFF TIMES

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



*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.

28/02/2017 To 04/03/2017
Mama presents an evening of Genesis 'Prog Rock Special'
Friday 3rd March 2017, 8:00pm
Tickets £17.50* (£15.00* conc)


Special Offer:
Buy 'Prog Rock Special' and 'Hits' for the special price of £28.00*


Mama will be performing a night of Genesis music with the emphasis on their longer 'Prog Rock' songs. They will be featuring the whole the 'Duke' album played live in it’s entirety as well as classics such as In the Cage, Los Enos, Ripples, Domino, Home by the Sea and many more.

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
Booking Fee is only £1.00 per ticket until 31st January 2016
03/03/2017 20:00
Mama presents an evening of Genesis 'The Hits'
Saturday 4th March 2017, 8:00pm
Tickets £17.50* (£15.00* conc)


Special Offer:
Buy 'Prog Rock Special' and 'Hits' for the special price of £28.00*


Mama will be performing the classic hits of Genesis and ex members Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and Mike Rutherford’s band Mike and the Mechanics live. This is a show for fans of the massive Genesis and company hits in the 80’s and 90’s. Classic songs such as Mama, In the Air Tonight, The Living Years, Sledgehammer, Follow You Follow Me, No Son of Mine, Against All Odds, Solsbury Hill and many, many more.

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
Booking Fee is only £1.00 per ticket until 31st January 2016
04/03/2017 20:00
Ruby Wax - Frazzled
Sunday 5th March 2017, 7:30pm
All Tickets £21.50*


A GUIDE TO MINDFULNESS
A forum for discussion

Ruby Wax is a much loved US born comedian, actor and writer, along with being the ‘it girl’ of mental health campaigning. She has a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University.

This event is a follow up to her sell out touring show, and best-selling book, ‘Sane New World’, which helps us understand why we sabotage our sanity with our own thinking.

Her new best-selling book, ‘A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled’ is the basis for the discussion. Funny and insightful, this event is your passport to saner living. She might not be sane herself, but she does a pretty good imitation.

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
05/03/2017 19:30
That'll Be The Day
Thursday 9th March 2017, 7:30pm
All Tickets £25.50*

After an incredible three decades of touring, the UK's No.1 Rock & Roll variety production That'll Be The Day returns with another opportunity to see its latest most popular show!

This year’s show features a fresh new line-up of sensational classic gold hits, spanning the 50's through to the 70's & 80's, mixed as always, with even more hilarious comedy!

Complete with stunning costumes and incredible LIVE music performances, we guarantee you'll be on your feet and dancing in the aisles before the night is over.

Welcome to the golden age of popular music... revived!

www.thatllbetheday.com

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
09/03/2017 19:30
Frankly Sinatra
Friday 10th March 2017, 7:30pm
Tickets £26.00* (£24.00* conc)


The world’s No1 Frank Sinatra celebrates the golden anniversary of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ most famous live recording – Sinatra Live at the Sands – with a brand-new production featuring many of the songs from the classic album.

Featuring the swing, the swagger and the velvet vocals of Frank Sinatra in concert, enjoy an unmissable evening with Stephen Triffitt.

Acclaimed worldwide as the master of his craft, he:
* Starred as Frank for three seasons at Las Vegas’ legendary Sands Casino
* Created the role of Ol’ Blue Eyes in the original West End production of The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas that toured the USA, Canada and Europe
* Sold out the London Palladium (twice) and Royal Festival Hall with his own solo spectacular.Stephen’s resemblance is ”unsettlingly perfect” (The London Evening Standard). From sculpted hair and twinkling blue eyes, all the way down to his shiny black patent leather shoes, Stephen Triffitt truly is Sinatra.

And he not only walks the walk, he talks the talk, a masterful performance sees those delicious vocals delivered with consummate ease – “excels at Sinatra's superb sense of natural, almost conversational phrasing” (Orange County Register).

Fly Me to the Moon; Mack the Knife; New York, New York; My Way; That’s Life; Under My Skin; Lady is a Tramp; My Kind of Town; All the Way and Luck Be a Lady delight spellbound audiences, all performed impeccably and with all of Frank’s laid back charm.

Backed by the fantastic sound of big band swing, Triffitt is the Chairman of the Board, frankly the best thing since Sinatra himself.

www.easytheatres.com
facebook.com/FranklySinatra
twitter.com/Frankly1Sinatra

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
10/03/2017 19:30
Tea With Oscar Wilde
Friday 10th March 2017, 7:30pm
Tickets £12.00* (£10.00* conc)


A chat show with a difference! Join Oscar Wilde as he interviews leading celebrities of the Victorian era, recounts a story or two and invites his audience to get "Caught in the Act"!

Brought to you by Don't Go Into The Cellar! Theatre Company - the British Empire's finest practitioners of top-notch Victorian entertainment!

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
10/03/2017 19:30
The Take That Experience and Special Guests
Saturday 11th March 2017, 7:30pm
Tickets £20.00* (£16.50* conc)

Running Time: 2.5hrs with 20min interval

The Take That Experience is coming to town featuring the UK's number one tribute to Robbie Williams celebrating their latest music as well as the classic old songs. The night will see young local talent support before the main performance takes place.

All profits will go to The K Woods Foundation (helping those living with Dementia)

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
11/03/2017 19:30
Mothership - A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Saturday 11th March 2017, 7:30pm
Tickets £14.50* (£11.50* conc)


This gig is a Standing event but there will be a small number of unreserved seats available in the back of the hall.

Led Zeppelin tribute MOTHERSHIP - described in Classic Rock Magazine as "the most authentic-sounding Zep tribute in the UK" - present a brand new show celebrating the music of the greatest rock band in history.

What you won’t get – men in their fifties dressing up in wigs and costumes pretending to be twenty three. What you will get - more than two hours of classic Zeppelin, really well played, supported by a multi-media show.

Expect all the classics, but expect the unexpected, too! A show not to be missed for any Zeppelin fan.

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
11/03/2017 19:30
Silver Trumpets and Silver Voices
Sunday 12th March 2017, 2:30pm
All Tickets £17.50*


A spectacular Concert featuring everyone’s favourite music in a top drawer entertainment show with a superb finale.

With the renown Flint Male Voice Choir international soprano Helen Picket , top tenor Tom Loughlin, sensational X Factor singer Kirsty Murphy, The Peninsular Jazzmen Trio, The Hoylake School of Dance and the famous Champion Band, the Northop Silver Band.

There is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than to come to this fabulous concert.

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
12/03/2017 14:30
The Music of Otis Redding performed by Mudibu & The Jezebel Quartet
Sunday 12th March 2017, 7:30pmFloral Pavilion Blue Lounge
All Tickets £17.50*
 
                              
"Cool, slinky, and tight in all the right places” Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, BBC 6Music

Experience the incredible sound of Otis Redding’s music as two of the UK’s most exciting soul acts join forces to create the world’s funkiest Otis tribute!



Originally commissioned by Soul Cookers Records for Saint Paul Soul Jazz Festival 2008, this authentic celebration of Otis’ music pairs charismatic Burundian singer songwriter Mudibu with Hammond and horns from The Jezebel Sextet.

“Pure dynamite! One of the best funk soul bands in the world!” DJ Healer Selecta



The result is a truly uplifting show steeped in raw soul and late 1960s RnB (the real deal!) that is guaranteed to get you on the good foot. The show list features over 20 Otis Redding classics, performed live backed by a 7 piece band with Hammond organ, 3 piece horn section and 100% authentic instrumentation and arrangements.

“Pure unadulterated, funky soulful music born out of sheer love”. Rev Chunky




www.jezebelsextet.com


*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
12/03/2017 19:30
Down Our Street
Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th March 2017, 7:30pm
Saturday Matinee, 2:30pm
Tickets £18.50* (£16.50* conc)


Wirral writer Brian McCann’s Down Our Street is the musical play celebrating the life and times of Cammell Laird, from the industrial revolution to the present day. For well over a century and a half, ‘The Yard’ was the employer of thousands upon thousands of people from, the Wirral, across the water in Liverpool and beyond. The town of Birkenhead was built around the Shipbuilding industry and most families, if not all had some connection to Cammell Laird. Through drama, comedy and song, Down Our Street celebrates this through the eyes of the people of Merseyside and the workers ‘down the yard’.

The show, once described in the media as ‘Birkenhead’s Les Miserable,’ has had several outings, the last being a 3 week run at Liverpool’s Royal Court attracting an audience of over 10,000. In Active Drama’s twentieth year we’re bringing together a fantastic cast for this special ‘homecoming’ production. Many of the faces from the Royal Court will be returning including Suzanne Collins, Roy Brandon, Lesley Butler and Lynne Fitzgerald. We are also very pleased to announce that Merseyside legend Billy Butler will be joining the cast for this 2017 production.

If you like nostalgia and enjoy a great show with memorable songs, get Down Our Street in March 2017

"Down Our Street is a triumph of belief and sincere honesty and a wonderfully funny, enlightening, educational and sometimes heart-breaking musical" Ian D. Hall, Liverpool Sound and Vision

"There were great moments of humour, wonderful singing and plenty of tear jerking scenes from a fabulous cast who each performed a multitude of characters ranging from upper-class toffs through to rank and file working(and shirking) Merseysiders. They did so with passion and compassion, giving a performance of the quality we have come to expect of the Royal Court and doing fine justice to Brian McCann's script." Chris Birchall, The Hairy Photographer

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
14/03/2017 To 18/03/2017
Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers
Sunday 19th March 2017, 7:30pm
Tickets £24.00*


Bay City Rollers icon Les McKeown is at it again! What’s that you say? Les is back on tour, bringing his fantastic show to venues across the UK!! The tour promises to be a unique voyage back to the 1970s, when Les and his Legendary band ruled the world’s pop charts and The Bay City Rollers’ music became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers.

Les brings back the all the thrill and excitement of Rollermania, performing all the original hits including Bye Bye Baby, Shang-a-Lang, Remember, Summerlove Sensation and Give A Little Love plus many many more as well as introducing new songs from the upcoming new Bay City Rollers album.

The current Legendary Bay City Rollers bring a new energy to all the classic hits. Special promotions are available at events on: www.lesmckeown.com

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
19/03/2017 19:30
Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook
Thursday 23rd March 2017, 7:30pm
All Tickets £21.00*


THE ADELE SONGBOOK

Touring UK theatres for the very first time, Someone Like You (The Adele Songbook) is an immaculate celebration of one of our generation’s finest singer-songwriters.



Hand-picked by Adele herself on Graham Norton’s BBC ADELE Special, the outstanding Katie Markham has the show-stopping voice and captivating charisma to deliver all your favourite Adele hits in an enthralling concert performance.

The show faithfully recreates the magic of the three record-breaking albums 19, 21 and 25 - including Chasing Pavements, Make You Feel My Love, Set Fire To The Rain, Someone Like You, Hello, Rolling In The Deep and the multi-million seller Skyfall.

Someone Like You will take you on a soul-stirring journey from break up to make up!

www.someonelikeyou.co.uk

"Brilliant" Adele
"Katie has a lovely voice." Sharon Osbourne

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
23/03/2017 19:30
ARRIVAL - The Hits of ABBA
Friday 24th March 2017, 7:30pm
Tickets £21.00* (£20.00* conc)


24th March is Red Nose Day
What better day to come to the show in your favourite Abbatastic/70s clothes or if not, just wear a splash of red in support of this great cause. #makeyourlaughmatter


Over four decades after Swedish pop legends ABBA swept to stardom, their music remains as popular as ever and the magic of the era is being brought to stages across the country courtesy of ARRIVAL – the international, multi award-winning show that has sold out in over 20 different countries worldwide since 1995.

This high energy show features the vast catalogue of hits loved by many generations including ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Waterloo’, ‘Super Trouper’, ‘Voulez Vous’, and many more -bringing to life the extraordinary songwriting talents of Benny and Bjorn.

The winning formula of fantastic hits, harmonies, authentic costumes and first class vocals and musicians, recreates the true feel and thrill of a live ABBA show. Come and celebrate the music of one of the biggest selling and most iconic bands of all time.

"Simply the best ABBA show" The Stage

www.abba-arrival.co.uk

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
24/03/2017 19:30
Horrible Histories - The Best of Barmy Britain
Tuesday 4th to Saturday 8th April 2017, 7:00pm
Plus at 10:30am on Wednesday 5th April
and at 2:30pm Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th April


Tickets £14.50* (£11.50* conc)
Family Ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children) £48.00*
School Discounts available - please call.

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!

So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage!

Could you beat battling Boudicca? Will you lose your heart or your head to Henry VIII? Can Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Would you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare and move to the groove with party Queen Victoria!

Don’t miss this horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!

The show lasts approximately one hour without an interval.

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
04/04/2017 To 08/04/2017
Victor Michael - A Night At The Theatre
Saturday 21st October 2017, 7:30pm
Front Stalls £16.00*
Rear Stalls £15.00*




*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
21/10/2017 19:30
Nathan Carter and His Band (plus support)
Sunday 12th November 2017, 7:30pm
All Tickets £27.50*


The Wanna Dance Tour

Following on from a 2016 that saw him beat both Beyoncé and Drake to a Number 1 Album in his native Ireland, Country-Pop crossover star Nathan Carter has announced a huge run of UK tour dates for 2017.

As one of Ireland’s biggest live music acts, Nathan is developing into a household name, with tracks from “Stayin’ Up All Night” becoming hits, such as “Wagon Wheel” and “I Wanna Dance”. Enthralling audiences up and down the country, Nathan has firmly become a firm favourite for audiences of all ages.

Growing up in a house where Country and Western music filled the air, Nathan was exposed to classic songs of Johnny Cash, Don Williams and Dolly Parton. From the tender age of 4 years old, not only learning to play guitar, piano and accordion, which plays a vital part in his live show, Nathan quickly became head chorister in the Liverpool Boys choir where he toured the world and even performed in front of the Pope in Rome.

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
12/11/2017 19:30
Lulu - All About The Music
Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 7:30pm
Tickets £38.50*
Limited Gold Circle Seats £46.50*
VIP** Seats £66.50*


Following on from her smash hit 2016 tour Lulu returns with her biggest tour yet!

There is one overriding influence in the life of this acclaimed singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, Grammy and Novello Award nominee, and that is, it has always been ‘All About the Music’.

Lulu delivers a show packed full of her hits, new songs and songs that have influenced and guided her throughout her incredible career.

“I toured for the first time in 15 years in 2015 and haven’t stopped since. I absolutely love playing live and can’t wait to be out on the road again in autumn this year performing the music that I have shared with you throughout my career…it has always been all about the music...so please come and join me" Love Lulu

Here is what some of the papers had to say about her recent tours...

"The thrill is there as Lulu relights the fire…outstanding as her voice soared the auditorium" - The Nottingham Post
"Her voice has lost none of its sassy, soulful crackle and the original songs are smart, intelligent and seductive" - The Times
"Still packing a punch…her passion and talent for music is clearly her number one priority…and long may it last" - The Birmingham Post
"Stand back, Florence and Paloma, Lulu has re-lit her fire" - York Press

www.luluofficial.com

** VIP tickets include a programme, an exclusive tour laminate and the seats in front 2 rows!

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
22/11/2017 19:30
Jack Jones - 80th Birthday Celebration Tour!
Wednesday 31st January 2018, 7:30pm
All Tickets £36.50*


JACK JONES lights up a stage - any stage, any time, anywhere.

One of the world's most loved international singing stars, JACK JONES still stands head and shoulders above his musical peers Jack Jones has sung all his life. He has 60 albums to his credit, two Grammies and another five nominations, an Emmy, and awards too numerous to mention.

Mel Torme put it, "the greatest ‘pure’ singer in the world."
Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet said he was Numero Uno!!

Perhaps best known for his hit renditions of The Impossible Dream, Lollipops and Roses, What I Did For Love, The Race Is On, Lady, Call Me Irresponsible and The Loveboat Theme amongst others.

And now, at 80, he’s proving yet again just what took him to the top, and back touring his favourite country. Come join Jack and celebrate his 80th Birthday. A Show Not To Be missed!!!

*Includes a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fees capped at the first 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
31/01/2018 19:30
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The Verdict: new opening date
2 Feb 2017
It's the World Premiére Stage Adaptation by Middle Ground Theatre Company of the powerful bestselling courtroom thriller that inspired a multi academy award-nominated film. The Verdict, starring Clive Mantle and Jack Shepherd will now open on the new date of Tuesday 28th February 2017 and run until Saturday 4th March.
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