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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, Trainspotting defined a generation and remains one of the most important, hard-hitting stories of our time.

Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting began its life as a piece of drama at the Citizens Theatre over 20 years ago and returned in 2016 with a critically-acclaimed sold-out run. Hot on the heels of Trainspotting 2, Danny Boyle’s sequel to his phenomenally successful film version, and by popular public demand, the Citizens Theatre is bringing its production of the notorious story back to the stage from 18 October to 11 November 2017.  The production will also tour to the King’s Theatre Edinburgh, presented by Selladoor Scotland.

Directed by Gareth Nicholls who has also directed productions of Into That Darkness and Blackbird.

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

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£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
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


Renton - Lorn Macdonald
Sick Boy / Tommy - Angus Miller
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




18th February 2016

Hilariously dark and dry, analysing the futility of life at its end. Recognising the silly dance of repetition in each enduring day; the absurdly funny three-legged fake dog and play on words which offered the two funniest lines in the entire play was too subtle for most. Therein lies the deepest humour. The awareness of what lies ahead for many offers each member of the audience some moments for deep reflection, should they wish to take it. Clever and keeps you wondering (are you sure you have it figured out?). Left wanting to see it again! Excellent performances all round.

Darren Walls

17th February 2016

Hi I went to see The Rifles with my school when it was out it was a brilliant play and the music was brilliant really got me moving but I was wondering if you have released the rest of the album on soundcloud or anything like that just to sing to in my spare time thanks.

Anne McGivern

14th February 2016

Just back from the matinee performance of Endgame. Knew nothing of the play prior to my visit. A thoroughly enjoyable experience, superb acting, especially the comedic timing from Chris Gascoyne. You could analyse every word and gesture or just enjoy the wonderful experience of live theater expertly executed. A huge thank you to all involved.

Joe Gardner

8th February 2016

The performances of Neilson and Gascoyne were absolutely incredible. Even if you failed to grasp some aspects of the play, I couldn't help to be engaged by the two leads. The play was destructively dark with an edge of humour. Heart-stopping stuff. Loved it.

Gary Graham

6th February 2016

Absolutely amazing performances from everyone. Much funnier than I thought it was going to be, in a dark way of course. I thoroughly enjoyed Endgame and would highly recommend it. I left the theatre thinking "I could easily go and see this again".

Sophie McNaughton

6th February 2016

I loved the show! I studied Beckett in English at school and have been a big fan since. I wrote a review of Endgame at Citizens on my blog. You can read a snippet below: 'Hill’s fresh adaptation of Endgame is funnier, better paced, more thoughtful, and strangely beautiful compared to previous interpretations. While the classic grim play finds light in the dark and inspires numerous belly laughs, Endgame has also left this Glasgow audience with an overthinking-induced sore head as well as a sore heart...' You can read the full review here:


1st December 2015

Hi John, we recommend Rapunzel for everyone aged over 6 years. There is brand new pop-punk music performed live on stage by the cast, with Honeyblood drummer Cat Myers on drums. As with all of our festive productions, Rapunzel is a very theatrical show with an engaging story - we hope that your family will love it!

John Beattie

30th November 2015

At the other end of the family scale, is there enough artistic material & themes in Rapunzel to hold the attention of teenagers (15, 13)? Or is it more of a younger kids show?

Marion McPherson

15th November 2015

Cannot praise this production highly enough. Thank you for a most memorable evening. Choked up at "Most of Me". The only disappointment, no cd of the music available to buy!

Laura Handley

15th November 2015

Absolutely loved this, it was brilliant. Great storyline, acting, singing and funny too. X

Claire Chalmers

15th November 2015

Pure dead brilliant!!!


15th November 2015

Saw the opening night and loved it so much - brought my 13 year old to matinee today and she also loved it. Wonderful - for vast age range, amazing songs, superb acting and script. The power of singing and music... excellent.

Lisa Barnett

14th November 2015

Last night was my second visit to the performance. Didn't want it to end. Enthralling. After the final song, just sat there........hoping the cast would come back on stage for an encore!!

Stu Bailey

9th November 2015

We loved it. It was amazing. Fantastic singing, great timed comedy and superb acting. I cannot recommend it enough

Jason Perry

8th November 2015

Fabulous performance from all of the cast, particularly found the character of Scott (Scott Reid) very funny, superb performance, it's the best show I have seen in a long time, a must see!


5th November 2015

Fab show mixed with happy and sad moments cast were excellent would go and see it again .

Cole Stewart

5th November 2015

Loved the show! Would go back in a second! Such a great story that captures so much in one play, amazing songs and vocals from the actors. The staging, lighting, costumes were all perfect for this musical. This really is a must see production!

Ann Hughes

2nd November 2015

Absolutely fantastic thoughly enjoyed the show. The singing was so good and the play very funny


2nd November 2015

Saw this last night, genuinely brilliant. Performances were encapsulating, funny, moving and by far the best theatre I have seen in years. Well done

Rhona Franklin

30th October 2015

Saw the Choir last night with 23 friends from City Voice Choir.Blown away..fantastic bit of theatre!!xx

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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.


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.

Pre-show Event: Sat 30 Sep

A talk and Q&A session with Misha Glenny. Find out more here.


Photo by Alex Brady


Looking for adult drama classes? Check out our Nightschool page.


Kids@Citz 2015 photos
Saturday Citizens photos