Lawson Back on Beat

Oct 11 2018 | By More

Rebus actor returns after stage fright

Charles Lawson is this evening, Thursday 11 October 2018, returning to the role of John Rebus in Rebus: Long Shadows at the Edinburgh King’s Theatre.

Lawson, who is most widely known for playing the role of Jim McDonald in Coronation Street since 1989,  became ill during this Monday’s Scottish premiere of the Rebus play and had to be helped off the stage.

Charles Lawson as Rebus & his understudy Neil McKinven in the role of petty criminal Mordaunt. Pic: Robert Day

Charles Lawson as Rebus with his understudy Neil McKinven in the role of petty criminal Mordaunt. Pic: Robert Day

The show continued with Lawson’s understudy, Neil McKinven, playing Rebus with script in hand. McKinven continued in the role for three more performances on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In our review of the show, Hugh Simpson praised both actors, saying that Lawson’s “world-weary cop-out-of-time was very convincing until illness prevented him going any further”.

All Edinburgh Theatre is pleased to report that Charles Lawson has now made a full recovery and understands that he will be returning to the production for the rest of the run, which is at the King’s until Saturday and has six more venues to visit until November 24.

Rebus: Long Shadows is adapted by Rona Munro from a short story specially written by Ian Rankin. Cathy Tyson stars as as an “upright, brittle DI Siobhan Clarke” providing effective contrast to “Rebus’s rumpled lugubriousness” and co-star John Stahl’s “expansive gangland kingpin ‘Big Ger’ Cafferty”.


Rebus: Long Shadows
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Monday 8 – Saturday 13 October 2018.
Evenings: 7.30pm, matinees Wed, Sat: 2.30pm.
Tickets and details:

The script of Rebus: Long Shadows is available from Amazon in both hardback and kindle formats. Click on the image for details:

Rebus: Long Shadows on tour 2018:
8 – 13 Oct Edinburgh 
Kings Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online
15 – 20 Oct Malvern 
Festival Theatre
01684 892277 Book online
22 – 27 Oct Nottingham 
Theatre Royal
0115 989 5555 Book online
29 Oct – 3 Nov Manchester 
Opera House
0844 871 3018 Book online
5 – 10 Nov Northampton 
Royal & Derngate
01604 624 811 Book online
12 – 17 Nov Aberdeen 
His Majesty’s Theatre
01224 641122 Book online
19 – 24 Nov Guildford
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
01483 440000 Book online


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