Citizens Theatre presents


By Irvine Welsh

Adapted by Harry Gibson

Directed by Gareth Nicholls

Wed 18 October – Sat 11 November 2017, Citizens Theatre

Tue 14 November – Sat 18 November 2017, King’s Theatre Edinburgh

CITIZENS THEATRE PRESS NIGHT Fri 20 October 2017, 7.30pm


Excitement is building for the return of the Citizens Theatre’s five-star production of Trainspotting, which plays at the Citizens Theatre 18 October – 11 November and at King’s Theatre Edinburgh, presented by Selladoor Scotland, from 14 – 18 November. Many of the 2016 cast are set to return for this remount which is directed by Gareth Nicholls.

Lorn Macdonald reprises his “magnetic central performance” (The Independent) in the role of Renton, made famous by Ewan McGregor in Danny Boyle’s film version. Macdonald’s portrayal was hailed as “spectacularly brilliant” in the Scotsman’s review of the 2016 production. Edinburgh-born Macdonald also appears in the Citizens’ 2017 Edinburgh International Festival production Oresteia: This Restless House as Orestes. Also returning are Gavin Jon Wright as Spud, Angus Miller as Sick Boy and Tommy and Chloe-Ann Tylor as Diane and Alison. Joining the 2016 cast is Martin McCormick, taking on the dual roles of Begbie and Mother Superior. McCormick was most recently seen on the Scottish stage in the Tron Theatre’s production of Anthony Neilson’s The Lying Kind.

Trainspotting was a huge hit at the Citizens Theatre in 2016, with performances selling out across the run. Citizens Theatre Executive Director Judith Kilvington said: I am delighted to see the return of Trainspotting, a show that appealed to people from all walks of life when we presented it last year, and I’m pleased that it will extend its reach to audiences in Edinburgh this year. The Citizens Theatre is committed to engaging with as inclusive a range of people as possible in the creative life of the theatre and breaking down barriers to engagement with the arts.

Gareth Nicholls’ production honours both the iconic novel and Danny Boyle’s famous film adaptation, while creating a new piece of theatre about urban alienation and young lives under pressure.

Director in Residence at the Citizens Theatre from 2014 – 2016, Nicholls was recently appointed Associate Director at the Traverse Theatre. His Edinburgh Festival Fringe productions with Gary McNair, A Gambler’s Guide To Dying and Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand-Up Comedian have won numerous awards and gone on to tour across the world. Their new production Letters To Morrissey plays at the Traverse in this year’s Fringe.

Joining Nicholls’ on the creative team are designer Max Jones, Lighting Designer Philip Gladwell, Michael John McCarthy creating music and sound and Movement Director EJ Boyle.

Trainspotting was first presented in a stage adaptation by Harry Gibson in the Citizens 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.

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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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