Adapted by Rona Munro

King’s Theatre Edinburgh
Monday 8 to Saturday 13 October 2018

This new story exploding on to a home territory stage features crock ‘n roll Oxford Bar-fly shamus, John Rebus, played by Charles Lawson with Cathy Tyson as Siobhan and John Stahl as Big Ger Cafferty. Rebus would often agree with The Stones that ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want,’ but canny Director, Roxana Silbert, driving playwright Rona Munro’s can of worms script, leaves no stone unturned in delivering a crackling case Rebus could serious do with out.

Rebus is retired but the shadows of his former life stalk him through the streets of Edinburgh. Single-malt self-medication once helped but now he’s denying himself that anaesthetic pleasure. Now the daughter of a murder victim has appeared 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.