Rebus: Long Shadows

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Rebus: Long Shadows
Rebus, Long Shadows playtext cover.jpg
Rehearsal script playtext
Written byIan Rankin
Rona Munro
Date premiered20 September 2018 (2018-09-20)
Place premieredBirmingham Repertory Theatre
Original languageEnglish
SeriesInspector Rebus

Rebus: Long Shadows is a 2018 play written by Ian Rankin and Rona Munro. It is an installment of Rankin's Inspector Rebus series, written for the stage for the first time.[1]

The play received its world premiere at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 20 September 2018, before embarking on a UK tour.

The rehearsal script playtext was published by Orion in Hardback on 20 September 2018, coinciding with the premiere of the play.[2]


The production is directed by Robin Lefevre, designed by Ti Green, lighting designed by Chahine Yavroyan and Simon Bond, composed by Garth McConaghie, assistant direction by Madeleine Kludje and fight direction by Alison de Burgh.

The play premiered at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, running from 20 September to 6 October 2018 before touring to King’s Theatre, Edinburgh (8 to 13 October), Malvern Theatres (15 to 20 October), Theatre Royal, Nottingham (22 to 27 October), Manchester Opera House (29 October to 3 November), Royal & Derngate Northampton (5 to 10 November), His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen (12 to 17 November) and Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford (19 to 24 November).[3] It starred Charles Lawson as Rebus, Cathy Tyson as Siobhan Clarke and John Stahl as Cafferty.

The play will continue touring the UK in 2019 beginning at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow (29 January to 2 February), New Theatre, Cardiff (4 to 9 February), Cambridge Arts Theatre (11 to 18 February), Theatre Royal, Newcastle (25 February to 2 March) and Theatre Royal, Bath (4 to 9 March).[4] Ron Donachie will take over from Lawson as Rebus, after playing the role in the BBC Radio adaptations of the novels.

Cast and characters[edit]

Character 2018 premiere 2019 tour
John Rebus Charles Lawson Ron Donachie
Siobhan Clarke Cathy Tyson
Cafferty John Stahl
Mordaunt / Andy / Barman / Charlie / Technician Neil McKinven
Angela Dani Heron
Heather / Maggie Eleanor House


  1. ^ "Rebus: Rankin's gritty Scottish detective to make stage debut". The Guardian. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Script of Rankin's Rebus play set for publication | The Bookseller". Retrieved 2018-08-19.
  3. ^ "Rebus: Long Shadows | UK Tour | Casting | Dates | What's On". Stage Review. 2018-07-31. Retrieved 2018-08-19.
  4. ^ Weekly, Theatre. "Rebus Long Shadows Extends Tour With Ron Donachie in Title Role". Retrieved 2018-12-09.