Rebus: Long Shadows

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Rebus: Long Shadows
Rehearsal script playtext
Written by Ian Rankin
Rona Munro
Date premiered 20 September 2018 (2018-09-20)
Place premiered Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Original language English
Series Inspector Rebus
Setting Edinburgh

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 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] 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.

Cast and characters

Character2018 premiere
John Rebus Charles Lawson
Siobhan Clarke Cathy Tyson
Cafferty John Stahl
Mordaunt / Andy / Barman / Charlie / TechnicianNeil McKinven
AngelaDani Heron
Heather / MaggieEleanor 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.