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The Critically Acclaimed Immersive Production Of Irvine Welsh's TRAINSPOTTING Will Premiere Off-Broadway This Summer

The Critically Acclaimed Immersive Production Of Irvine Welsh's TRAINSPOTTING Will Premiere Off-Broadway This Summer

Producers Brass Jar Productions (Drunk Shakespeare) and Olivier Award-winning producer, James Seabright announced today that the critically acclaimed, no-holds-barred production of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting Live will premiere Off-Broadway this summer direct from a world tour. Adapted by Harry Gibson, the production captures the passion and controversy of the generation-defining novel and globally successful film and repackages it into a full-throttled stage show where the audience is an integral part of the action, including the notorious "Worst Toilet in Scotland" scene.

Directed by King's Head Theatre Artistic Director, Adam Spreadbury-Maher in collaboration with Greg Esplin (who will also appear in the U.S. production), Trainspotting Live will open a custom-built immersive performance space at 777th 8th Avenue, also home to the long running hit, Drunk Shakespeare. Preview performances are set to begin on Thursday, July 5, 2018 with an opening night set for Sunday, July 15, 2018. The U.S. cast of Trainspotting will be announced soon. Tickets are now on sale at

Set against a dynamic soundscape of 80's dance music, Trainspotting Live takes an insightful and brutally honest look at friends, Mark Renton, Tommy, Sick Boy, Begbie and Allison as they live and struggle through the Edinburgh heroin epidemic. This raw and gritty 75-minute stage experience, offers a real-life look at the effects of addiction, and all its highs and lows, while bringing to life the classic novel and globally successful film with humor, poetry, and provocatively graphic staging. Drawing strong parallels to the opioid crisis ravaging small towns and cities across America, Welsh's enduring story and characters exposes the heart of the issue and demonstrates the nondiscriminatory nature of the disease. A beautifully disgusting production that holds nothing back, Trainspotting Live is a must see for avid fans of the film and, for Trainspotting virgins, it provides a powerfully entertaining experience you won't soon forget!

Trainspotting Live contains nudity, very strong language, violence, sexual material, and heavy drug / needle use. The production is only recommended for audience members age 16 and over.

The original production, which the Daily Telegraph called "a must see" and New Musical Express dubbed "a big fat hit," recently completed a world tour, is currently playing a sold-out run now through June 3, 2018 at The Vaults in London, and is set to play Edinburgh in August 2018. Welsh said of the all-new production, "I was shocked, and I wrote the f&*%ing thing!"

The 1996 British black comedy film, Trainspotting was directed by Danny Boyle, starred Ewan McGregor, and quickly achieved iconic status on both sides of the Atlantic. It was the highest-grossing British film of 1996 and, at the time, the fourth highest grossing film in British history.

Trainspotting was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and for two British Academy Film Awards, winning one for Best Adapted Screenplay. For his performance, Ewan McGregor was named Best Actor by the London Film Critics Circle, BAFTA Scotland Awards, and

Empire Magazine. A sequel, Trainspotting T2 was released in the U.K. in January 2017 and worldwide in February 2017. The property again smashed box office records in the U.K., debuting at $6.3 million.

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