Rough Justice at Milton Keynes Theatre review

MHDE'Tom Conti
MHDE'Tom Conti

A TALE of tension which will truly have you on the edge of your seat comes to Milton Keynes Theatre.

Rough Justice sees a journalist, played by Tom Conti, who has made a living out of challenging the legal system finds himself put on trial for murdering his nine-month-old son who was brain dead.

It is rare to get a play wrapped up with this much tension and all comes about because of the antagonistic reaction Conti’s character James Highwood has with proseuctor Margaret Casely and the judge.

All of this is fantastically played with Conti taking the line of moral crusader against the stuffiness of Elizabeth Payne and Royce Mills.

For all of it’s tension about whether Highwood will be found guilty of murder, this is one of the most thought-provoking and challenging plays ever.

Highwood has already pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter but not to murder. This show tackles the problems of assisted suicide head on and there is no room for compromise.

Fortunately, there is some light relief as the banter between the three parties mentioned earlier.

Rough Justice is a clever show which challenges your own beliefs about the law and doesn’t shy away from tackling a difficult subject. And it is still a tense thriller with plenty of twists and one I can heartily recommend.

Review by Steve Mills

Rough Justice will be performed at Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday. Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 0844 871 7652 or visit