AGATHA CHRISTIE’S intense drama Verdict is on at the Theatre Royal this week.

The superb cast includes Susan Penhaligon, known to TV audiences as Jean Hope in Emmerdale, Robert Duncan who played Gus Hedges in Drop the Dead Donkey, Peter Byrne, fondly known for Dixon of Dock Green, Elizabeth Power who portrayed Christine Hewitt in BBC’s Eastenders and 60s pop idol Mark Wynter.

Having been forced to flee persecution in his home country, Professor Karl Hendryk leads a content and morally upstanding life.

But his world is turned upside-down when the prospect of life-saving treatment for his invalid wife persuades him to take on a new pupil against his better judgement.

The spoilt, conniving minx Helen who will stop at nothing to get her way.

With murderous intentions afoot, it only remains to be seen what verdict will be delivered and if justice will prevail.

n Verdict is on from Monday for six nights with showings at 7.30pm every day and 2.30pm matinees on the Thursday and Saturday.

For tickets (from £8.50) call 0844 871 7647.