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  • Assembly Underground George Square Edinburgh, EH8 United Kingdom (map)

AUG 5 - AUG 31

6pm and 8.30pm (no Tuesdays), 75 mins


After 5 star critically acclaimed and sell out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and the King’s Head Theatre in London, In Your Face Theatre and the King’s Head Theatre’s production of Irvine Welsh’s cult, generation-defining novel Trainspotting returns to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival in August 2015, running at purpose-built new space Assembly Underground at the Assembly George Square Studios. Irvine Welsh himself was thrilled to announce the transfer on Radcliffe and Maconie, BBC Radio 6, and described the production as “shocking… and I wrote the f*cking thing!”

This punchy, 75 minute production 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. Both Edinburgh and London critics have praised the production highly, describing it as “utterly amazing” (London Theatre 1), “intense, funny, and moving” (Box Dust) and “bold, unique, and like nothing else you’ll see on stage” (Entertainment Focus).

Artistic director of In Your Face Theatre, Greg Esplin, says “I am very excited about this summer’s production of Trainspotting coming back up to our home town. 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.” Artistic director of the King’s Head Theatre, Adam Spreadbury-Maher says “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, and this exciting new partnership has played to our artistic strengths and given us an opportunity to reconsider the way the space is used. We’re proud to be partnering with Assembly for our first Edinburgh show, and we’re excited to be building new partnerships in Scotland for critical work that needs to be seen in London.”


****½ “the biggest buzz of the year” (The Public Reviews)

**** “horrific, disgusting, highly visceral and probably downright offensive show - but that's what makes it so damn good” (Views From the Gods)

"Choose bold and wild theatre that takes no prisoners. Choose life. Choose filth-ridden brilliance. Choose Trainspotting.” (Grumpy Gay Critic)


Earlier Event: August 5
The Falcon's Malteser
Later Event: August 5
F*cking Men