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It’s back! After a sell-out run in 2016, Trainspotting returns to the Citz this autumn.

A coarse, intense and hilarious rollercoaster ride through the heroin-hinterlands of Thatcher-era Leith. 

In a world where work and opportunities are scarce Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud rail against the trappings of a successful lifestyle held out of their reach, and seek life through the point of a needle. Published in 1993, Irvine Welsh’s cult novel Trainspotting defined a generation and remains one of the most important, hard-hitting stories of our time.

Gareth Nicholls’ acclaimed production honours both the iconic novel and Danny Boyle’s famous film adaptation, while creating a hard-hitting and poignant theatre show about urban alienation and young lives under pressure.

A critically-acclaimed sell-out in 2016, we’re bringing back this production by popular public demand - don’t leave it too late to book your tickets! 

The production will also tour to the King’s Theatre Edinburgh from 14 - 18 Nov, presented by Selladoor Scotland.

Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?


  • 18 Oct 2017 to 11 Nov 2017
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    • 18 Oct 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 19 Oct 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 20 Oct 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 21 Oct 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 24 Oct 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 25 Oct 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 26 Oct 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 27 Oct 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 28 Oct 2017 @ 2.30pm
    • 28 Oct 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 31 Oct 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 1 Nov 2017 @ 1.30pm
    • 1 Nov 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 2 Nov 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 3 Nov 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 4 Nov 2017 @ 2.30pm

    • 4 Nov 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 7 Nov 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 8 Nov 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 9 Nov 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 10 Nov 2017 @ 7.30pm
    • 11 Nov 2017 @ 2.30pm
    • 11 Nov 2017 @ 7.30pm

Main Theatre

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Running Time

2hr 25min (inc. 1 interval)



£12.50 - £28
Previews £10
Tuesdays £12.50

£2 transaction fee applies to all web and telephone bookings.
See Pricing for information on concessions and 50p tickets

50p tickets on sale 14 Oct 2017 at 10am

Recommended for 16+. Scenes of violence, sexual content, drug references and very strong language.

Preview 18 & 19 Oct, 7.30pm
24 Oct, 7.30pm
Signed 27 Oct, 7.30pm
Audio Described 4 Nov, 2.30pm
Captioned 4 Nov, 2.30pm

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop

Cast & Creative team >

Creative Team

Director - Gareth Nicholls
Designer - Max Jones
Lighting - Philip Gladwell
Music - Michael John McCarthy
Movement - EJ Boyle


Renton - Lorn Macdonald
Begbie / Mother Superior - Martin McCormick
Sick Boy / Tommy - Angus Miller
Chloe-Ann Tylor
Spud - Gavin Jon Wright


“The more we work on it, the more I realise just how important this story is.”
Director Gareth Nicholls talks to The List about his new production.

“It feels that in the times of austerity and disenfranchisement that we’re living in now that we’ve come full circle, and the play so speaks to now”
Harry Gibson talks to The Herald about Trainspotting’s roots at the Citz ahead of its return home.

“I hope we have found a good balance between honouring the book, making sure a few of those iconic scenes from the film are still in and also using the theatricality of the Citizens Theatre to its best.”
Director Gareth Nicholls chats to Glasgow Live about how Trainspotting still resonates with audiences today.


“And if you want further proof that Trainspotting is one of the great, iconic narratives of the last 25 years, then you should beat a path to the Citizens’ Theatre, where this sharply-timed revival of Harry Gibson’s stage version – emerging just in advance of Trainspotting’s film sequel – is playing to packed houses and standing ovations.” The Scotsman  ★★★★★

“everything a theatre production should be” Broadway World  ★★★★★

“Nicholls shows Trainspotting still speaks loudly, scabrously and irreverently about urban alienation and young lives under pressure” The Guardian  ★★★★

“The cast of five, led by Lorn Macdonald as Renton…make the material their own.” The Herald   ★★★★

“To take on such a production takes courage; to both recognise and subvert expectation takes skill; qualities here in thankful evidence” The National  ★★★★

“crackles with a raw new power” The Independent  ★★★★

Trainspotting is sponsored by Urban Union


Meet the gang!
Production trailer
Production Images

Trainspotting production photos

Trainspotting returns to the Citz this Autumn!
Rehearsal Images

Trainspotting Rehearsal Photographs

Deaf Theatre Club Night: 27 Oct, 7.30pm

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, we want to make sure you can enjoy the best night out at the Citizens Theatre. Find out more about the Deaf Theatre Club

Resources for Schools
Schools Events

We have schools workshops for Trainspotting:

Wed 1 Nov 10.30am – 12.30pm
Thur 2 Nov 4.30pm – 6.30pm

For Higher and Advanced Higher Drama Students
£6.50 per student (teachers go free)
The session for a maximum of 30 students will reveal the play’s key ideas and themes and look at character development and staging choices.
Please contact our Box Office 0141 429 0022 to book.