Dark Road (play)

Dark Road is a 2013 play written by Ian Rankin and Mark Thomson. It made its world premiere at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh in September 2013, and is expected to embark on a UK tour in 2014.

Dark Road

Official poster of the 2013 Lyceum production
Written by Ian Rankin
Mark Thomson
Date premiered 25 September 2013 (2013-09-25)
Place premiered Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Genre Crime thriller
Setting Edinburgh[1]

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Dark Road is co-written by Ian Rankin and the Royal Lyceum Theatre‘s Artistic Director Mark Thomson.[2] On 30 April 2013,[3] it was announced that the play which would mark Rankin’s play-writing debut[4] would begin previews at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh on 25 September 2013,[5] with an official opening night on 1 October,[6] booking for a limited period until 19 October.[7] The production was also directed by Thomson with fight direction by Malcolm Shields,[8] design by Francis O’Connor, lighting design by Malcolm Rippeth, video design by Euan McLaren[9] and composition and sound design by Philip Pinsky.[10] It is expected that the play will tour the UK during 2014,[11] in a co-production between the Lyceum and the Wales Millennium Centre.[12]

A performance runs 2hrs 45mins, including one interval of 20 mins.[9]

The play is set in modern-day Edinburgh[13] and follows Scotland‘s first female Chief constable Isobel McArthur now Chief superintendent of Edinburgh following the creation of Police Scotland,[14] 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[15] twenty five years previous, a conviction she has long held doubts about.[16] What follows is a thriller that throws herself, her daughter and her colleagues into a psychological battle against Chalmers.[17]

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