Season 68

Scales of Justice

By Peter Saunders
11 - 16 April, 2016

The Doctor Meets the Family's Solicitor

Mrs Hammond is helpful as ever

Mrs Beryl Hammond is sworn in as a witness

Judge gives ruling on Ronald Stevens questioning of the witness

Court scene set and cast

Full gallery of photographs here

Synopsis

1915. A naturalised German industrialist is defrauded out of his business after being promised by an English politician to be saved from internment. Muhler is released and with great difficulty finds someone to represent him and sues the minister. This is based on an actual true story and the young junior council Patrick Hastings went on to become one of the KCs of the century . A powerful courtroom drama that grips you right up to the final page.


Cast

Mary Muhler
SANDRA CHEWINS
Hans Muhler
PETER HALL
Charles Muhler/Paper boy 1
DANIEL BURNISTON
Charles Muhler/Paper boy 2
ELLIOT MAWSON
Dasiy 1
BETH LOW
Dasiy 2
GENEVIEVE GAUL
Mrs Beryl Hammond
YVONNE TEMPLETON
Richard Neville MP
STEPHEN BROWN
Dr Nichols
DAVID TEMPLETON
Dr Mackie / Jury Foreman
MARK BROWN
The Judge
GORDON SUGDEN
Ronald Stevens
TOM JAGGER
John Raven KC
PHIL HOLBROUGH
John Reynolds
STEPHEN MASON
Clerk to the Court
GRAEME HOLBROUGH
Usher
CHRIS LOW
Director
JAN DARNBROUGH


Director's Notes

Scales of Justice - A powerful courtroom drama by Peter Saunders

Based on an actual true story, Scales of Justice is a fascinating exploration of the nature of British justice and sense of fair play. At the height of the 1914-18 war between Great Britain and Germany, John Gruban (Hans Muhler in the play), a recently naturalised German, was interned. After his release he claimed that his internment was the work of Handel Booth (here Richard Neville), a prominent and popular Member of Parliament who had also defrauded him of his business, leaving him with nothing. Gruban decided to sue Booth for fraud, but in war-time England he had difficulty in finding anyone willing to represent him. Eventually, a young and inexperienced barrister, Patrick Hastings (Ronald Stevens) agreed to handle the case. The unknown young junior counsel went on to become one of the greatest KCs of the century. He also became a High Court Judge, an MP and Attorney General in the first Labour Government.

This is not the actual story of Gruban versus Booth; it is part fiction, part fact. But it did happen, and only in England could it have happened. As the second half of the play moves into the courtroom and finds Muhler’s case facing a defence composed of the best available counsellors in the country, can the scales of justice possibly remain balanced?

In our talented Cast we have some very experienced BLT members and also some Kaleidoscope members who are new to a Main House production. It is quite a family affair, with husband and wife – the Templetons; father and son – the Holbroughs; and father and daughter – the Lows! I don’t think, however, that the two Browns are related!

I am very grateful to everyone involved in this production for their commitment to this play and to me, as Director. Thank you!

I hope you, the audience, enjoy our offering tonight and go home satisfied with the result!

Jan Darnbrough.


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