Citizens Theatre presents


By Irvine Welsh

Adapted by Harry Gibson

Directed by Gareth Nicholls

Wed 18 October – Sat 11 November 2017, Citizens Theatre

PRESS NIGHT Fri 20 October 2017, 7.30pm

***** The Scotsman

**** The Guardian

**** The Herald

**** The Independent

**** The National

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.

Trainspotting was first presented in a stage adaptation by Harry Gibson in the theatre’s Stalls Studio in 1994, just a year after the book’s publication. The shocking and explicit production was hugely successful and was quickly remounted in the theatre’s larger Circle Studio. The adaptation has since been staged across the globe. In 2007, The Scotsman named the Citizens Theatre’s original production in the Top 20 Scottish Theatre Events of All Time and awarded the 2016 production 5 stars, stating “it’s a show that comes with a health warning”.

Trainspotting is set in Thatcher-era Leith, in a world where work and opportunities are scarce. The trappings of a successful lifestyle are held out of reach of Renton, Begbie, Sickboy and Spud, who instead look for fulfilment through the point of a needle.

Gareth Nicholls returns to the Citizens Theatre to direct. Nicholls’ recent credits include God of Carnage (Tron Theatre) and The Burial at Thebes, Coriolanus and ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). His production of Gary McNair’s A Gambler’s Guide to Dying won a Scotsman Fringe First Award, and has toured the UK and Adelaide Festival, and has just completed an Off-Broadway run. Nicholls held the post of Citizens Theatre Main Stage Director in Residence (2014-16), directing Into That Darkness, Vanya and Blackbird all of which received 4- and 5-star reviews.

Of his return to the Citizens Theatre, Gareth commented, “Irvine Welsh’s urgent and uncompromising story clearly still packs a punch – we saw audiences from all backgrounds connecting strongly to its heady mix of humour, heartache and heroin. Its unflinching look at Scottish identity, masculinity and choice seems to be as pertinent now as it was 24 years ago and I’m thrilled to be once more bringing this raw, energetic and iconic modern classic back to the stage.”

Tickets for Trainspotting at the Citizens Theatre will be available from Tuesday 16 May from the Citizens Theatre’s website or by calling the Box Office on 0141 429 0022.

Tickets for the King’s Theatre Edinburgh will go on general sale on Tuesday 2 May with Friends Tickets available from Monday 24 April. Tickets available from or 0131 529 6000.


Citizens Theatre Press Night Fri 20 October 2017, 7.30pm

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Citizens Theatre presents


By Irvine Welsh

Adapted by Harry Gibson

Directed by Gareth Nicholls

Citizens Theatre

Dates: 18 Oct – 11 Nov 2017 7.30pm (not Sundays or Mondays)

Previews: Wed 18 & Thu 19 Oct 7.30pm

Matinees: Sat 28 Oct, 4 & 11 Nov 2.30pm, Wed 1 Nov 1.30pm

King’s Theatre Edinburgh

Presented by Selladoor Scotland

Dates: 14 – 18 Nov 2017 7.30pm

Matinees: Wed 15 & Sat 18 Nov 2.30pm

Access performances: Thu 16 Nov 7.30pm Captioned; Sat 18 Nov 2.30pm BSL-interpreted & Audio described

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