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Preview: Trainspotting at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow


Published by Glasgowist.

With the highly anticipated release of Trainspotting 2, expected to arrive at cinemas in February 2017, Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre is revisiting the original Trainspotting stage production, adapted from Irvine Welsh’s 1993 novel.

Twenty two years after the first theatrical production of the story that defined Scotland’s 80s heroin epidemic for the 90s pre-New Labour generation was held at the Citizens, main stage director-in-residence Gareth Nicholls is putting his own arthouse twist onto the new production. It promises to deliver a fresh take on the cult classic that has been adopted by legions of rebellious teenagers and unsure 20-somethings since it first burst onto the scene in a blaze of vivid imagery and powerful invective.

Trainspotting follows the group of delinquent Leithers Mark Renton, Simon ‘Sick Boy’ Williamson, and Danny ‘Spud’ Murphy, alongside their psychopathic so-called mate Francis ‘Franco’ Begbie. In what has become a modern Scottish folk tale, the group turn to hard drugs, scamming, and violence during a time of chronic unemployment and cultural boredom.

The new Citizens production promises to be more faithful to Welsh’s original text than Danny Boyle’s hugely successful film version from 1996.

Adapted for the stage by Harry Gibson and starring Lorn Macdonald as Renton, Angus Miller as Sickboy and Tommy, Chloe-Ann Tylor as Alison, Lizzie, and Dianne, Gavin Jon Wright as Spud, and Owen Whitelaw as Begbie and Mother Superior, this exciting new production is set to wow audiences and intensify the hype for the upcoming Trainspotting revival.

So, if you would like to have one last nostalgic look at Renton’s Converse lowering into the worst toilet in Scotland or Begbie’s blade slicing into powerless victims before Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Johnny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle return in the Boyle’s sequel, nab a ticket for this sure-to-be sell-out show.

Choose Trainspotting at the Citizens Theatre from 14th September to 8th October. Tickets are available here.

Look out for my review of this show coming soon!

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