Trainspotting 2016

Trainspotting 2016

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.

Before the globally successful film adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting, there was a theatre production at the Citizens that started it all. As the world waits for the film’s sequel, we’re bringing the notorious story back to the stage.

Directed by Main Stage Director in Residence Gareth Nicholls who has also directed productions of Into That Darkness and Blackbird during his residency.


  • 14 Sep 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 15 Sep 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 16 Sep 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 17 Sep 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 20 Sep 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 21 Sep 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 22 Sep 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 23 Sep 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 24 Sep 2016 @ 2.30pm
  • 24 Sep 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 27 Sep 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 28 Sep 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 29 Sep 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 30 Sep 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 1 Oct 2016 @ 2.30pm
  • 1 Oct 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 4 Oct 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 5 Oct 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 6 Oct 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 7 Oct 2016 @ 7.30pm
  • 8 Oct 2016 @ 2.30pm
  • 8 Oct 2016 @ 7.30pm

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

    Preview 14 & 15 Sep 7.30pm
    Signed 30 Sep 7.30pm
    Audio Described 1 Oct 2.30pm
    Captioned 8 Oct 2.30pm

    Wheelchair Access
    Guide Dogs welcome
    Induction Loop


    “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 ★★★★

    • Cast & Creative Team

      Creative Team Director - Gareth Nicholls Designer - Max Jones Lighting - Philip Gladwell Music - Michael John McCarthy Movement - EJ Boyle Cast Renton - Lorn Macdonald Tommy/Sickboy - Angus Miller Alison/Lizzie/Dianne - Chloe-Ann Tylor Begbie/Mother Superior - Owen Whitelaw Spud - Gavin Jon Wright

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