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Trainspotting Theatre Production – performed on 20th anniversary year as part of mac in the city

On the eve of its 20th anniversary and a sequel – Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting film is brought to the stage in a critically acclaimed, five star production, presented by King’s Head Theatre, London, In your Face Theatre, Scotland and mac birmingham in association with Rainbow Venues. This, gritty, no-holds-barred production will be performed under the railway arches in Digbeth, Birmingham from Wed 23 Mar – Sat 2 Apr 2016 as part of mac in the city.

This punchy, 75 minute production of Trainspotting recaptures the passion and the controversy of the famous novel, then globally successful film, and repackages it into an immersive production – the audience are literally part of the show, including the notorious “Worst Toilet in Scotland” scene. Commenting on the production, Irvine Welsh stated: “....shocking....and I wrote the f*cking thing!”

Both Edinburgh and London critics have praised the production highly, describing it as:
“....theatre of the highest calibre” *****, Three Weeks
“Brutally honest, unfiltered, heart-wrenching” ***** Edinburgh Evening News
“...a masterpiece....these guys will give Punchdrunk a run for their money” ***** Remote Goat

For avid fans this is a must, and if you’ve never read the book or seen the film: this is your ticket to a ride you won’t soon forget.

Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Artistic Director, King’s Head Theatre said: "The response to Trainspotting has been overwhelming – it broke King’s Head attendance records during my tenure. It came out of nowhere – it was a huge risk and experiment for us. We’re proud to be partnering with mac birmingham and we’re excited to be building new partnerships in Scotland for critical work that needs to be seen across the UK."

Artistic Director of In Your Face Theatre, Greg Esplin said: "I am very excited about this production of Trainspotting. The transformation that happened in London while working with Adam and the rest of the Kings Head Team has been truly inspiring. To anyone who may have seen an earlier production, I can promise – this is the definitive production.”

Tickets available here. To see additional mac in the city events see here.

For press enquiries please email Senior Marketing and Communications Officer, Marcia Springer at: marcia.springer@macbirmingham.co.uk or call 0121 446 3237.

“....shocking....and I wrote the f*cking thing!”

Irvine Welsh - commenting on the production

“Brutally honest, unfiltered, heart-wrenching”

***** Edinburgh Evening News

‘The response to Trainspotting has been overwhelming – it broke King’s Head attendance records during my tenure. It came out of nowhere – it was a huge risk and experiment for us. We’re proud to be partnering with mac birmingham and we’re excited to be building new partnerships in Scotland for critical work that needs to be seen across the UK.’

Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Artistic Director, King’s Head Theatre

‘I am very excited about this production of Trainspotting. The transformation that happened in London while working with Adam and the rest of the Kings Head Team has been truly inspiring. To anyone who may have seen an earlier production, I can promise – this is the definitive production.'

Greg Esplin, Artistic Director of In Your Face Theatre