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Trainspotting Live rolls back into the Vaults

By Robin Johnson, Published November 3, 2017

London theatregoers, brace yourselves: the critically acclaimed, no-holds-barred, immersive staging of Irvine Welsh’s classic, Trainspotting Live – direct from world tour – is to return to London for an 8-week season at the Vaults from March 2018.

Having delighted and shocked London audiences at the Vaults earlier in 2017, Trainspotting Live will return to the venue below Waterloo Station to play from 27 March – 20 May 2018.

Staged in a brand new space, a tunnel opened exclusively for the production, Trainspotting Live captures the passion and the controversy of the famous novel, then globally successful film, and repackages it into a full-throttle show where the audience are literally part of the action, including the notorious ‘Worst Toilet in Scotland’ scene.

Against a dynamic soundscape of 80s dance music, the stories of a group of friends living through the Edinburgh heroin scene – Renton, Tommy, Sick Boy, Begbie and Alison – are brought to life with humour, poetry and provocatively graphic scenes. An age guidance of 16+ is suggested due to mature content.

Trainspotting Live, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh and adapted by Harry Gibson, is directed by Kings Head Theatre artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher in collaboration with Greg Esplin, with casting to be announced.

Watch director Adam Spreadbury-Maher take us on a tour of the previous set.

For avid fans of the title, Trainspotting Live is a must-see, and if you’ve never read the book or seen Danny Boyle’s iconic, generation-defining Trainspotting film: this is your ticket to a ride you won’t soon forget.

Tickets are available through the Trainspotting Live website.