Rebus: Long Shadows - Birmingham Rep
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The brand-new Rebus story written exclusively for the stage.
Detective Inspector John Rebus is retired but the shadows of his former life still follow him through the streets of Edinburgh. Whisky helped but now he's denying himself that pleasure. But when the daughter of a murder victim appears outside his flat, he's back on the case and off the wagon.
Rebus will need help from his ex-colleagues but one of them is already looking for him. DI Siobhan Clarke was Rebus' greatest ally on the force but is worried that his past actions may stop them finally convicting a dangerous killer. Soon Rebus is caught between two cases and can only turn to one person to help him - the man he spent his career trying to arrest.
Ian Rankin's Rebus novels have dominated the detective fiction market with the ensuing television series ensuring the detective's legendary status. Now, alongside award-winning playwright Rona Munro, Ian Rankin is bringing his beloved creation to the stage for the very first time.
Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances this production will now be directed by Robin Lefevre.


Director Robin Lefevre
Designer Ti Green
Lighting Designers Chahine Yavroyan and Simon Bond
Composer Garth McConaghie
Assistant Director Madeleine Kludje
Fight Director Alison de Burgh


Lawson’s Rebus is as gritty, tormented and uncompromising as the original

The Observer

Totally absorbing


Classic Rebus twists and turns

The Reviews Hub

Well acted, well directed, beautifully set and lit, this Birmingham Rep co-production is a treat not only Rebus fans but for anyone who enjoys a good crime thriller

Behind the Arras

Gritty... Fans won’t be disappointed

The Times

Charles Lawson makes a suitably gruff and cantankerous Rebus

The Stage

A play that works not just as a whodunnit but also as a psychological appraisal of the thee main characters

Express & Star


Bum On A Seat blog

A dark and gritty contemporary crime drama

Brum Hour

Company & Creatives


Siobhan Clarke
Mordaunt / Andy
Heather / Maggie
Ticket Information

From £15
Previews (20-24 Sep) and weekday matinees (27 Sep & 4 Oct) from £10.
Group, family, disabled and school rates available via our box office.

Fees and Charges
We charge a transaction fee of £2.50 on all payment types. This covers administration costs and postage and enables us to provide a dedicated booking service. This charge does not apply to transactions under £10, group bookings over 50 and school group bookings. We also waive this charge if you are a REP Friend.

Please talk to a member of our BOX office team if you require further information.

Running time
2 hours and 10 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

Please note this performance contains strong language

Further Information
Access Performances
BSL 2 October 7.30pm
Audio Description 5 October 7.30pm
Captioned 6 October 2pm

Post-Show Discussion 26 September
Registered Office: Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP. Company No. 00295910
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