Already closed | 1h 15m | Midtown W

Trainspotting Live

From 220 member  reviews
Members say: Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Great acting, Absorbing

About the show

This punchy, 75 minute production strives to recapture the passion and the controversy of the famous novel, then globally successful film, and repackage it into an immersive production. More…

'Trainspotting Live' tells the story of Mark Renton and his friends, living through the Edinburgh heroin scene of the 80s. For this 21st anniversary production, In Your Face Theatre’s Scottish cast have created a snappy and vibrant affirmation of the power and humor of the piece. 'Trainspotting' was published in 1993 and adapted into a critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated film by Danny Boyle in 1996.

'Trainspotting Live' features adult content and is only appropriate for ages 16 and up.

1h 15m | Already closed | Roy Arias 777 Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (220)


Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Great acting, Absorbing
Avg Score

Intense, Raunchy, Edgy, Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if You liked the movie. If you like immersive theatre-this is very good. INTENSE and may make you feel off center. Believe posted warnings!!!

Don't see it if You are offended by anything because they go EVERYWHERE! It’s loud...very loud and crude and rude and disgusting and I loved it.

Also Just saw it for the second time and I’ve adjusted my score up a couple... Read more Read less

Cliched, Ambitious, Disappointing, Intense

See it if You adore the movie. Only reason to see it. Missable otherwise.

Don't see it if I love immersive and this was weak. Plus it was a sauna in the theater and made you want to escape.

Edgy, Excruciating, Intense, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if Immersive true-to-film adaptation of drug-fueled material w/ anti-excess message resolve. Audience is locked in young world of excess.

Don't see it if Trapped! Chaos at box office to seating to rave and cramped thatre. Humilate us as much as possible w/o limits. Needles, nudity, scat. Scat!

Great acting, Confusing, Edgy, Intense, Immersive

See it if you're looking for a unique theatrical experience or love immersive theatre. The performances are intense.

Don't see it if you're turned off by simulated drug use or sex, nudity, thick accents, or audience involvement. The plot is thin, but this isn't about plot.

Also The raunch is so over the top that it reminds me of a 3D movie where t... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if You like theater that thinks WAY outside the box and you want something where you are IN IT. If you know the book/movie, this is worth it.

Don't see it if You can't deal with heavy accents or being talked to/sat on/manhandled. If you don't know the story, their heavy accents will make this hard

Also Some of the best theater I've seen in a while. But I went in expecting... Read more Read less

Great acting, Raunchy, Quirky, Excruciating, Chilling

See it if if you are a fan of the movie/book. You want to get an idea of what being an addict feels like; you can overlook the shock value of the show

Don't see it if if you are offended by any of the long list of "contains" listed in the show's corridor. Not for conservative older adults. Too realistic.

Also The producers are now providing plastic covers for all those in the "s... Read more Read less

Visceral, Intense, Discomforting, Outrageous, Funny

See it if you are a fan of the book/movie & know what to expect; if you like immersive theater & don't mind the possibility of being touched & mocked.

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding heavy accents: if you don't want to be part of the action: if you are a sensitive soul.

Also My score would probably have been higher if I could have understood mo... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if You like interactive and unusual experiences, if you like night-clubs and prefer shock value to a well developed story line.

Don't see it if You do not like loud music, are bothered by strobe lights or are sensitive to nudity, gross scenes or extreme drug use.

Intense, Edgy, Not for me

See it if you're a fan of the source material or are looking for something outside of the traditional theatrical fare.

Don't see it if you, like myself, don't handle up-close-and-personal immersive theatre well. They sat me next to a toilet and I was like, NOPE.

Intense, Edgy, Great staging, Raunchy, Extreme language

See it if you liked the movie or want to see quite an intense show that breaks all the walls.

Don't see it if you hated the movie. The show is full of bad language, simulated drug use, violence. The accents may be hard to understand.

Also Take a look at the movie before booking your tickets. The show is INTE... Read more Read less

Dated, Disappointing, Intense

See it if Only if a fan of the film as many audience members were.

Don't see it if No story - just separate vignettes about a bunch of people we never care about. In your face for no reason than to just be in your face.

Clever, Relevant, Resonant, Edgy, Riveting

See it if Choose Life. Truly immersive and engaging. In your face Theater.

Don't see it if If you cannot handle the perverse, blunt, raw ... in your face theater

Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Feces flinging cursing nude heroin junkies interest you

Don't see it if You are offendable

Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Gross

See it if You like over the top, really gross theater. While not my kind of theater, it was funny & the actors were great

Don't see it if You re not interested in a graphic, gross show about drug addiction

Ambitious, Edgy, Dizzying, Intense, Raunchy

See it if you like the book and/or movie and if you can stomach interactive theater.

Don't see it if audience involvement, sex, needles, drugs or any other of the trigger warnings bother you.

Edgy, Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Quirky

See it if you want to see some immersive theater about drug addicts and what the endure both positively and mostly negatively. It tugs at your heart!

Don't see it if if you are scared of audience participation, and like only fluffy entertainment.

Rotten and rotting

See it if You loved the film and feel nostalgic.

Don't see it if You care about your clothes and overall cleanliness.

Also Bring a poncho with a hood. This show misses no opportunity to sit on ... Read more Read less

Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Raunchy

See it if U are interested in the life style of Trainspotters & enjoyed the movie You like audience participation & bodily fluids tossed on you. Wow

Don't see it if You are awkward with full frontal nudity, male & female. Not able to understand Scottish accent Detest hearing the Fword + much worse

Kinda rude, kinda crude, kinda awesome

See it if If you are a fan of the movie ( if not see it before you go— it will help you understand what happening in all the chaos and heavy accents)

Don't see it if If you have a delicate constitution. See below...

Also So this show actually made have a string visceral reaction. I was alte... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if You want dynamic interactive theater.

Don't see it if You want a calm play.

Edgy, Hilarious, Dizzying, Intense, Raunchy

See it if you loved the movie, the story, the soundtrack and you want to live it in an immersive way.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to strong topics like drug use, nudity or bodily fluids.

Also Great actors, the men acted better than the women. Trainspotting was v... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Vulgar, Immersive, Edgy

See it if you KNOW what the story is all about and do not mind having that action all around you

Don't see it if you do not like immersive theater experience with actors touching you, being close and interact with you in inappropriate ways

Absorbing, Short, Great acting, Fun, Filthy

See it if you've got a working knowledge of the original film/novel, like it, & want to see a creative, immersive, albeit very abbreviated adaptation.

Don't see it if you're at all prudish or squeamish. There's a lot of nudity, foul language & bodily fluids coming at you. Literally.

Also I enjoyed this show-- the cast was excellent & the immersive experienc... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Interactive, Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like shows where the audience is engaged in the action on the stage and you're good with adult themes, humor, and nudity.

Don't see it if you have a weak stomach or if you're bothered by loud music and flashing/strobe lights - or if you're easily grossed out.

Also I knew of the movie, but never saw it - but I was aware that it was pr... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Intense, Quirky

See it if you loved the movie and/or novel, and want to see a bold and admirable attempt to adapt it for the stage.

Don't see it if you did not enjoy the novel and/or movie, do not like immersive theatre, or are uncomfortable with heavy drug use, sex, and nudity.

July 15th, 2018
"I missed the elements that make Boyle’s original film such an achievement: the nuanced humanity amid the ugly, brutal mayhem...The directors here go doggedly in pursuit of fun, and the result is way off-kilter. The actors are likable...The humor works. But we don’t get much sense of the characte...
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July 16th, 2018
"The audience has the option to imbibe during the show; it definitely helps to be relaxed, since chances are good that you will be sat on, pulled onstage or spattered with bodily fluids (fake ones, I hope)...The sheer outrageousness of the crew’s escapades will probably get you laughing, or screa...
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July 27th, 2018
"The characters shoot up, get in fights, and fling mysterious substances at the audience. We laugh and cringe at their antics as the performers shove their characters' dysfunction in our faces...To what end? And that's where my admiration for 'Trainspotting' runs out. The sensationalism seems to ...
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July 17th, 2018
“Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin...transform the nightmare into a dream machine...The ensemble all do an impressive job...The sense of inescapability makes ‘Trainspotting Live’ one of the most powerful theatrical experiences in the city...I can't think of a better metaphor for addiction than the...
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