Manchester’s Opera House have announced that John Stahl (Big Ger Cafferty) and Cathy Tyson (Siobhan Clarke) will join Charles Lawson (John Rebus) in Rebus: Long Shadows, a brand new Rebus story written exclusively for the stage by author of the original novels, Ian Rankin, and playwright Rona Munro. Further casting is to be announced.

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 is the internationally bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus and Detective Malcolm Fox novels, as well as a string of standalone thrillers. His books have been translated into 36 languages and are bestsellers on several continents. Rankin has won multiple awards including four The Crime Writers Association Dagger Awards and, in 2004, received America’s celebrated Edgar Award. He is also the recipient of the OBE for services to literature.

Rona Munro has written extensively for stage, radio, film and television. Her theatre credits include The James PlaysScuttlersIron – which won the John Whiting Award – The Last Witch and Little Eagles. Her television credits include RehabBumping the Odds (BAFTA nomination), and Doctor Who; and for film, Ladybird Ladybird and Oranges and Sunshine.

Charles Lawson plays John Rebus. His theatre credits include Corrie! (The Lowry, Salford), The Blue HenEducating Rita (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Rain ManAnnie Get Your Gun (UK tour), Bloody Sunday (Tricycle Theatre), Art, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Murderers (National Theatre), Diary of a Hunger Striker (Hull Truck Theatre), Julius CaesarHenry VIIIRomeo and JulietThe Shepherd’s TaleThe Comedy of ErrorsVolpone and Breaking The Ice (RSC). His television credits include playing series regulars Jim McDonald in Coronation Street and Yizzel in Bread. Other credits include Doctors, Titanic: Birth of a Legend, Four Days in JulyJoyce in June and Harry’s Game; and for film, Puckoon and Wilt.

John Stahl plays Big Ger Cafferty. His theatre credits include 549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War (Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow), Waiting for Godot (Tobacco Factory Theatre), A Lie of the Mind (Southwark Playhouse), The Winter’s Tale (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), Father Comes Home From the War, The Alice Trilogy, The Weir (Royal Court Theatre), The James PlaysMary Stuart (National Theatre of Scotland), The CrucibleGhosts (Bristol Old Vic), Much Ado About NothingThe Globe Mysteries (Shakespeare’s Globe), Frankenstein (National Theatre), Memory Cells (Pleasance, London), The Whisky Taster (Bush Theatre), Macbeth (Royal Exchange Theatre) and Blue Eyes and Heels (Soho Theatre). His television credits include playing Rickard Karstark in Game of Thrones. Other credits include ShetlandHigh Road and Resort to Murder; and for film, Mary Queen of ScotsVictoria and Abdul and Loch Ness.

Cathy Tyson plays Siobhan Clarke. Her theatre credits include The String Quartet’s Guide To Sex And Anxiety (Birmingham Repertory Theatre),The Listening Room (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Importance Of Being Earnest (Curve/Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Red Snapper (Belgrade Theatre Coventry), Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie (Tabard Theatre), Golden Girls (RSC), The Vagina Monologues (UK tour), Antony and Cleopatra (Hackney Empire), The Merchant Of Venice (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), PygmalionEducating Rita (Theatr Clwyd), Stand (Battersea Arts Centre) and Mum’s The Word (Albery Theatre). She is a Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated actress, her television credits include series regular Carol Johnson in Band Of Gold. Other credits include GoldScullyAlways and EveryoneNight & DayGrange HillBonkersThe Liverpool NativityPerfect and Rules Of Engagement; and for film, TogetherThe Fight, The Marker, ChickLitMona Lisa – for which she won the Los Angeles Film Critics’ Award for Best Supporting Actress, PriestThe Lost Language of CranesThe Old Man Who Read Love Stories, Ollie Kepler’s Expanding Purple World and Business As Usual. 

Roxana Silbert directs. She is Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre and was previously an Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Artistic Director of Paines Plough Theatre Company (2005-2009), Literary Director at the Traverse Theatre (2001-2004) and Associate Director at Royal Court Theatre (1998-2000). For Birmingham Repertory Theatre her credits include What Shadows, The Government Inspector (in association with Ramps On The Moon), Anita and Me (with Theatre Royal Stratford East), The King’s Speech (with Chichester Festival Theatre), Of Mice And MenKhandan (Family) (with Royal Court Theatre), Dunsinane (National Theatre of Scotland/RSC), A Life Of Galileo (with RSC and Bath Theatre Royal) and Tartuffe.

Rebus: Long Shadows will play at the Opera House, Manchester from Tuesday 30th October – Saturday 3rd November with tickets already on sale at

Opera House, Manchester

Tuesday 30th October – Saturday 3rd November

Box Office: 0844 871 3018

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