Lawson remains off-beat

Oct 10 2018 | By More

Rebus continues with McKinven in title role

A spokesperson for Rebus: Long Shadows, has confirmed that Charles Lawson will not be returning to the role of John Rebus for either of the performances today, Wednesday 10 October 2018.

As previously reported, the Coronation Street star fell ill during Monday’s Scottish premiere of the show, with understudy Neil McKinven completing the performance in the role of Rebus, with script in hand.

Rebus: Long Shadows. Charles Lawson as Rebus. Pic Robert Day

Charles Lawson as Rebus. Pic: Robert Day

Neil McKinven also took over the role of Rebus on Tuesday evening and will now continue in the role in Wednesday’s matinee and evening performances. His own parts are being played by Andy Paterson.

The company is not able to say when Charles Lawson will be able to return to the production but that he will be “back on stage as soon as possible”.

The Birmingham Rep production continues at the King’s theatre all week to Saturday. It is on an eight venue tour, scheduled up until November 24.

Rebus: Long Shadows is scripted by Rona Munro from a new story written specially for the production by Ian Rankin, continuing his long-running series of books about Edinburgh detective John Rebus.


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:

Æ’s review is here: ★★★☆☆ Overshadowed.

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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