What a hit! A double-hit indeed. As in-yer-face immersive hit Trainspotting Live begins previews tonight (27 March 2018) for its second fix at The Vaults in London, it announces both a two-week extension here and its first New York transfer. Got your tickets yet?
Trainspotting Live will now run for ten weeks at The Vaults, where it previously ran for two months in 2016/17, with a press night this Thursday (29 March 2018) and then continuing until Sunday 3 June 2018. The production will then transfer for its US debut to Off-Broadway’s Roy Arias Stages, 777 8th Avenue, where it will play in a custom-built, immersive space and is booking from 5 July to 25 August 2018.
Staged in London in a tunnel at The Vaults opened exclusively for the production,Trainspotting Live captures the passion and the controversy of the famous novel, then globally successful film, and repackages it into a full-throttle show where the audience are literally part of the action, including the notorious ‘Worst Toilet in Scotland’ scene.
Against a dynamic soundscape of 80s dance music, the stories of a group of friends living through the Edinburgh heroin scene – Renton, Tommy, Sick Boy, Begbie and Alison – are brought to life with humour, poetry and provocatively graphic scenes It’s a ticket to ride you won’t soon forget. Choose life. For avid fans this is a must, and if you’ve never read the book or seen Danny Boyle’s iconic, generation-defining Trainspotting film: this is your ticket to a ride you won’t soon forget.
New to the 2018 London cast are James Boal (as Mother Superior) and Andrew Still (Sick Boy). They join returning cast members Rachael Anderson (Laura), Finlay Bain (Tommy), Chris Dennis (Begbie), Erin Marshall (Alison) and Frankie O’Connor (Renton).
Trainspotting Live, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, adapted by Harry Gibson, is directed by King’s Head Theatre artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher in collaboration with Greg Esplin, who will also return to the cast for its US debut.
Gibson’s original stage adaptation, written before it became the famous blockbuster film, was instantly successful and controversial, and won The Sunday Times Award for Best New Play. The King’s Head Theatre and In Your Face Theatre production is presented by James Seabright. The 75-minute staging contains nudity, very strong language and heavy drug/needle use. It carries an age guidance of 16+.
Trainspotting Live runs from 27 March to 3 June 2018 at The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN. Performances (75 minutes) run Tuesdays to Sundays at 7pm, plus Thursdays to Saturdays at 8.45pm and late night at 10.3pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are priced £20 to £35. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!