They’ve done it again. The heroin addicts in the in-yer-face immersive staging of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting Live have scored another round of rave reviews for their latest London run at The Vaults. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review quotes below. Got your tickets yet to see the show before it transfers to New York?
Some of the show’s previous acclaim
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 carries an age guidance of 16+.)
The 2018 London cast of Trainspotting Live
The 2018 London cast are Frankie O’Connor (Renton), James Boal (as Mother Superior), Andrew Still (Sick Boy), Rachael Anderson (Laura), Finlay Bain (Tommy), Chris Dennis (Begbie) and Erin Marshall (Alison). King’s Head Theatre artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher directs in collaboration with Greg Esplin.
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!
Spy in the Stalls – ★★★★★
Amber Woodward: ‘“One of the most exciting and engaging pieces of theatre this year… A spectacle not to be missed.’
Everything Theatre – ★★★★
Eva de Valk: ‘Loud. Obnoxious. Intense. Disgusting. And bloody brilliant… One of the most visceral, exciting and immersive theatre experiences imaginable.’
Tom Finch: ‘A production that gnaws at the vitals, grabbing the audience by the throat and dragging them down into a seedy, bleak underworld… Rachel Anderson is able to be hilarious and devastating in equal measure… Nothing is left to the imagination.’
London Pub Theatres – ★★★★
Andy Curtis: ‘You couldn’t ask for more from Frankie O’Connor as Renton… Finlay Bain is superb as Tommy… The impact on the audience is pretty staggering. Many were blown away… It is at the audience’s throat, often literally, the moment they enter.’
BritishTheatre.com – ★★★★
Danny Coleman-Cooke: ‘The acting is fantastic throughout, with some high-intensity performances… An assault on the senses that is hard to match and an experience that you will never forget.’
Hannah Powell; ‘Incredibly emotional… A filthy, emotional rollercoaster of ups and downs that’ll leave you wanting more… If you love the film, it’s basically that x10.’
Rewrite This Story – ★★★★
Olivia Mitchell: ‘Outstanding, a mental but incredible production… You’ll be left feeling slightly drained, extremely shocked and really wanting to go and clean yourself but it’ll be worth it… Frankie O’Connor’s performance as Renton particularly stands out but there is not a weak link in the cast”
Laura Kressly: ‘This is an outstanding example of popular theatre – gross, funny and interactive, it’s great for groups and those looking for a relaxed/party-like atmosphere… An important contribution to theatre’s ecology.’
Fergus Morgan: ‘Fair warning, it is pretty full-on. In the funnier, frothier first half-hour are all the disgusting, funny bits… It’s horrible, hilarious stuff.’
Richard Lambert: ‘Go with your mates and be a fly on the wall at this outrageous show… Not for the prudes – but everyone else should go see this show, it is quite an experience, in a good way!’