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In Your Face Theatre and The King’s Head present TRAINSPOTTING

Gavin Ross as Renton in Trainspottting. Photo credit Chris Tribble
Gavin Ross as Renton in Trainspottting. Photo credit Chris Tribble

In Your Face Theatre and the King’s Head are giving London another chance to see their punchy, adrenaline-fuelled production of Irvine Welsh’s cult classic TRAINSPOTTING, prior to a national tour. Kicking off with an immersive rave lit by glowsticks, audiences are given a no-holds-barred, close-up view of the lives of Renton, Begbie and Sickboy in a production that redefines this classic story of hedonism and drug culture for a 21st century audience.

The production had sold out runs and critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe and The King’s Head in 2015, and it’s not hard to see why: in a vivid 75 minutes, it boldly involves viewers in the intensity of the rave and drug culture of the late 80s, not holding back from both the highs and the lows. But graphic scenes that convey violence, sex and the bleak reality of heroin addiction – including the notorious toilet scene – are all the more gripping for being told in Welsh’s vivid, funny and poetic language by a hugely daring and energetic Scottish cast of 7.

Irvine Welsh has been a strong supporter of the production, going so far as to say: “I was shocked, and I wrote the f*cking thing!”. He also said: “The verve and freshness that they brought to the project blindsided me. They really made it their own, of their time and their era, while drawing on the universality of the characters I created and the themes I explored”. Suitable for 16+ only.

In Your Face Theatre and The King’s Head present:
Adapted by Harry Gibson
Directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin
Designed by Clancy Flynn (lighting)
Cast: Chris Dennis, Calum Douglas Barbour, Greg Esplin, Jessica Innes, Erin Marshall, Gavin Ross and Rory Speed.

King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper street, N1 1QN
Tuesday 2nd – Sat 27th February
Tuesday-Friday at 7pm and 8.30pm, Saturdays at 5pm, 7pm and 8.30pm; Sundays at 7pm.
Running time: 75 minutes
Press night: Thursday 4th Feb, 7pm
National Tour:
MAC, Birmingham (23rd March – 2nd April)
Tobacco Factory, Bristol (6th-17th April)
Further venues tbc.


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