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Twelve Angry Men, Theatre Royal Glasgow, 22nd - 27th June 2015

Published by: Jon Cuthbertson on 24th Jun 2015 | View all blogs by Jon Cuthbertson

Tom Conti delivers an endearing and understated performance as Juror 8 in this tense 1950s American drama.


Reginald Rose’s script started life as a TV play, before being made into the famous film version starring Henry Fonda, but it is on stage it has the most impact. The story follows a jury after the closing statements of a case has been read. Their initial snap vote has the defendant guilty at 11-1 of murdering his father – the result of which would lead to the death sentence. The only juror in his corner is Juror 8 (played with an exceptionally deft touch here by Tom Conti) who eventually talks the rest of the jurors into having a discussion before they make any final decisions. With racism and the men’s own prejudices affecting their judgement, the play in itself is an interesting look at society as a whole.


Juror 8’s adversary is Juror 3, played by Andrew Lancel. An angry man whose exterior hides his own unresolved emotions, he likens the defendant to his own estranged son and seems to be using this case to release some of that anger. In amongst the drama, there are many moments of humour too – the 12 men are given real personalities and their clashes can be both comical and tense in equal measure. Sean Power’s wise-cracking Juror 7 provides many of the laughs in his rush to end the debate so he can make his baseball game that evening.


Michael Pavelka’s classy set allows a chance to see the emotions of the characters, with frames instead of walls and an extremely slow moving revolve which rotates the jurors table throughout the play. Christopher Haydon’s direction has given the play a natural movement – the journey for each of the jurors is evident and portrayed both physically and in the execution of the dialogue.


The skilful performances, the smart direction, thoughtful design and the clever and witty script all work in unison to deliver an excellent production which doesn’t fail to deliver.


So, the jury is out – and my verdict? Get your ticket for this one – it’s a decision you won’t regret.




Listing Information


Mon 22 – Sat 27 June

Mon – Sat eves 7.30pm

Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm

Box Office 0844 871 7647 (bkg fee) (bkg fee)



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