John Stahl And Cathy Tyson Join Charles Lawson In The World Premiere UK Tour Of REBUS: LONG SHADOWS
Daniel Schumann, Lee Dean and Cambridge Arts Theatre in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre today announce 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 to be announced shortly.
In addition, full tour dates are announced - the production which premières at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Thursday 20 September will then tour to Edinburgh, Malvern, Nottingham, Manchester, Northampton, Aberdeen before completing its run in Guildford on 24 November.
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 Plays, Scuttlers, Iron - which won the John Whiting Award, The Last Witch and Little Eagles. Her television credits include Rehab, Bumping 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 Hen, Educating Rita (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Rain Man, Annie 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 Caesar, Henry VIII, Romeo and Juliet, The Shepherd's Tale, The Comedy of Errors, Volpone 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 July, Joyce 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 Plays, Mary Stuart (National Theatre of Scotland), The Crucible, Ghosts (Bristol Old Vic), Much Ado About Nothing, The 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 Shetland, High Road and Resort to Murder; and for film, Mary Queen of Scots, Victoria 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), Pygmalion, Educating 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 Gold, Scully, Always and Everyone, Night & Day, Grange Hill, Bonkers, The Liverpool Nativity, Perfect and Rules Of Engagement; and for film, Together, The Fight, The Marker, ChickLit, Mona Lisa - for which she won the Los Angeles Film Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actress, Priest, The Lost Language of Cranes, The 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 Men; Khandan (Family) (with Royal Court Theatre), Dunsinane (National Theatre of Scotland/RSC), A Life Of Galileo (with RSC and Bath Theatre Royal) and Tartuffe.
Notes to Editors
Recent productions include Quiz by James Graham (Noël Coward Theatre), Ladies in Lavender with Hayley Mills, Duet for One starring Belinda Lang (UK tour) and Bully Boy starring Anthony Andrews (St James Theatre, London) and 84 Charing Cross Road starring Stefanie Powers (UK tour).Schumann was previously Producer for the Almeida Theatre and was responsible for The Oresteia (Almeida Theatre/Trafalgar Studios), The Bakkhai with Ben Whishaw, King Charles III (UK tour, New York/Sydney), Hamlet with Andrew Scott (Almeida Theatre/Harold Pinter Theatre/BBC Two), Richard III with Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave (Almeida Theatre), Ink with Bertie Carvel (Almeida/Duke of York's Theatre) and Richard Eyre's Little Eyolf. While working as Producer for Bill Kenwright Dan was responsible for producing Dreamboats and Petticoats (Playhouse Theatre/UK tour), Blood Brothers (Phoenix Theatre/UK tour), Chin Chin, The Butterfly Lion, Fame, Black Coffee, Fallen Angels, The Sound of Music, And Then There Were None (UK tour), Cabaret, Soul Sister (Savoy Theatre) and Volcano (Vaudeville Theatre).
Lee Dean has more than 100 producing credits, winning 36 major awards. Recent West End productions include Gypsy with Imelda Staunton at the Savoy; Mark Hayhurst's Taken at Midnight with Penelope Wilton at Theatre Royal Haymarket and Jennifer Haley's The Nether at the Duke of York's. In 2014, he was responsible for bringing Angela Lansbury back to the West End after forty years to play Madame Arcati in Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit. The production subsequently played in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington.
National Theatre Productions Dean has produced in the West End: Joe Penhall's blue/orange with Bill Nighy; Moira Buffini's Dinner with Harriet Walter; Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love with John Wood and two Michael Frayn plays Copenhagen and Democracy. Other West End work includes: Oliver Cotton's Daytona with Maureen Lipman; Peter Quilter's End of the Rainbow; All the Fun of the Fair with David Essex; Tom Kempinski's Duet for One with Juliet Stevenson; Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Kathleen Turner and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? with Jonathan Pryce; Michael Frayn's Alarms & Excursions with Felicity Kendal; six Alan Ayckbourn plays - Things We Do for Love with Jane Asher; Bedroom Farce with Richard Briers and June Whitfield; Comic Potential; and his trilogy Damsels in Distress; Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party; Peter Quilter's Glorious! with Maureen Lipman; Alistair Beaton's Feelgood with Henry Goodman; Terry Johnson's Dead Funny; David Farr's Elton John's Glasses with Brian Conley; Shelagh Stephenson's The Memory of Water with Alison Steadman; Charlotte Jones' In Flame and Sandi Toksvig's Bully Boy with Anthony Andrews. Broadway includes: King Charles III; End of the Rainbow; Copenhagen; Democracy; blue/orange; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Cambridge Arts Theatre is a proudly independent theatrical charity that exists to inspire and nurture a lifelong love of the performing arts. A thriving regional showcase, it is an outstanding theatre, a beacon for the development of arts professionals and a much-loved regional and national institution, whose history is rooted in the city of Cambridge.
Today it is one of the country's leading playhouses, presenting the cream of national touring theatre and its own highly-successful homegrown productions. It is the home of traditional pantomime in Cambridge, producing the city's annual festive production that regularly attracts schools and family audiences in their tens of thousands from across the region.
Recent Productions include: Pressure (UK tour/The Ambassadors Theatre), Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing starring Laurence Fox (UK tour), La Strada (UK tour/The Other Palace), Death of a Salesman, 84 Charing Cross Road starring Stefanie Powers and Clive Francis and The Shakespeare Revue (UK tour).
Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company is one of Britain's leading producing theatre companies. Its mission is to inspire a lifelong love of theatre in the diverse communities of Birmingham and beyond. As well as presenting over 60 productions on its three stages every year, the theatre tours its productions nationally and internationally, showcasing theatre made in Birmingham.
The commissioning and production of new work lies at the core of The REP's programme and over the last 15 years, the company has produced more than 130 new plays. The theatre's outreach programme engages with over 7000 young people and adults through its learning and participation programme, equating to 30,000 individual educational sessions. The REP is also committed to nurturing new talent through its youth theatre groups and training for up and coming writers, directors and artists through its REP Foundry initiative. The REP's Furnace programme unites established theatre practitioners with Birmingham's communities to make high quality, unique theatre.
Many of The REP's productions go on to have lives beyond Birmingham. Recent tours and transfers include Brief Encounter, Nativity! The Musical, What Shadows, LOVE, The Winslow Boy, The Government Inspector, Of Mice and Men, Anita and Me, Penguins and The King's Speech. The theatre's long-running production of The Snowman celebrates its 25th anniversary this year as well as its 21st consecutive season at London's Peacock Theatre.