Dark Road is co-written by Ian Rankin and the Royal Lyceum Theatre‘s Artistic Director Mark Thomson. On 30 April 2013, it was announced that the play which would mark Rankin’s play-writing debut would begin previews at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh on 25 September 2013, with an official opening night on 1 October, booking for a limited period until 19 October. The production was also directed by Thomson with fight direction by Malcolm Shields, design by Francis O’Connor, lighting design by Malcolm Rippeth, video design by Euan McLaren and composition and sound design by Philip Pinsky. It is expected that the play will tour the UK during 2014, in a co-production between the Lyceum and the Wales Millennium Centre.
A performance runs 2hrs 45mins, including one interval of 20 mins.
The play is set in modern-day Edinburgh and follows Scotland‘s first female Chief constable Isobel McArthur now Chief superintendent of Edinburgh following the creation of Police Scotland, as she considers retirement and ponders writing a book. As part of that she reviews the case of Alfred Chalmers a serial killer who killed four girls twenty five years previous, a conviction she has long held doubts about. What follows is a thriller that throws herself, her daughter and her colleagues into a psychological battle against Chalmers.