Set to Premiere Off-Broadway this Summer Direct From a World Tour– June 5, 2018:
NEW YORK, NY, June 07, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — Producers Brass Jar Productions (Drunk Shakespeare) and Olivier Award-winning producer James Seabright announced complete casting for Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting Live, the critically acclaimed, no-holds-barred, immersive production set to open Off-Broadway this summer. Adapted by Harry Gibson and directed by King’s Head Theatre Artistic Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher, in collaboration with Greg Esplin, 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. Tickets are now available at www.TrainspottingNYC.com.
“Trainspotting Live requires a very specific kind of performer – they must be totally fearless and daring in every way imaginable,” said producer Scott Griffin. “After a very competitive casting round from over 1,000 performers, we are thrilled to announce a cast of unique talents who we know will bring just the right amount of grit, humor, and heart to Mark Renton and friends.”
The cast of Trainspotting Live includes Liam Akpan as “Sick Boy,” Andrew Barrett as “Renton,” Tom Chandler as “Begbie,” Lauren Downie as “June,” Greg Esplin as “Tommy,” Pia Hagan as “Allison” and Oliver Sublet as “Mother Superior.”
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, 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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