Trainspotting Live, the acclaimed no-holds-barred immersive, in-ye-face theatre staging of Irvine Welsh’s classic novel, today announces a 2-week entension to its upcoming London season – and its first New York transfer.
Staged in The Vaults in 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.
The London season will now run at The Vaults from 27 March for 10 weeks to Sunday 3 June. It had been booking to 20 May.
Trainspotting Live will then transfer Off Broadway to Roy Arias Stages 777 8th Avenue from 5 July.
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 It’s a ticket to ride you won’t soon forget. Choose life. For avid fans this is a must, 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.
New to the 2018 cast are James Boal (as Mother Superior) and Andrew Still (Sick Boy). They join returning cast members Rachael Anderson (Laura), Finlay Bain (Tommy), Chris Dennis (Begbie), Erin Marshall (Alison) and Frankie O’Connor (Renton).
Glasgow-born Andrew Still shot to fame when he was just 17 and was cast as Joel Dexter in Hollyoaks (winning a Sunday Mail Young Scot Award). He spent 18 months in the soap and its darker offshoot, Hollyoaks Later. In Waterloo Road he played Scott Fairchild, a pupil with multiple exclusions from other schools. He also appeared in the BBC Three comedy Fried, the National Theatre Of Scotland trilogy The James Plays and most recently co-starred with Laurence Fox in a UK tour of The Real Thing. James Boal is a Northern-Irish actor based in Edinburgh. His recent roles include the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Thor in Manhattan Children’s Theatre Company’s Mermalade, and William Shakespeare in The Shakespeares: Scenes from a Marriage at The Rose Playhouse, London as part of the “From the Thistle to the Rose” Festival.
Trainspotting Live, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, adapted by Harry Gibson, is directed by Kings Head Theatre artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher in collaboration with Greg Esplin.
Harry Gibson’s original stage adaptation, written before it became the famous blockbuster film, was instantly successful and controversial, and won The Sunday Times Award for Best New Play.