Award-winning playwright Rona Munro's adaption of a new detective inspector Rebus story by Ian Rankin begins its run at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow this week.

Rankin's Rebus novels have dominated the fiction market with the resultant television series sealing the detective's legendary status in the minds of book and tv lovers alike.

The production directed by Robin Lefevre sees the shadows of the retired detective inspector's former life follow him through the streets of Edinburgh.

Then when the daughter of a murder victim appears outside his flat, he's back on the case and off the wagon after denying himself his major vice - whisky.

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.

The famous character is being brought from the page to the stage in Glasgow with Ron Donachie featuring as Rebus, Cathy Tyson as Siobhan Clarke and John Stahl as Big Ger Cafferty.

The title role had originally been played by Charles Lawson, best known for playing Jim McDonald in Coronation Street.

Lawson suffered a mini-stroke on stage at the beginning of the national tour in Edinburgh in October with understudy Neil McKinven stepping in until Lawson was well enough to reprise the role.

The tour had originally been planned to run from September to November 2018, before it was extended to include five extra cities beginning with Glasgow with Donachie joining the cast as the title character.

Donachie is no stranger to the role having played Rebus in all of the BBC Radio dramatisations of the Rebus novels.

Rebus: Long Shadows is on at the Theatre Royal from Tuesday, January 29 until Saturday, February 5.

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