TRAINSPOTTING Live - a punchy production that recaptures the passion and the controversy of the famous novel, then globally successful film from the 90s - is coming to Southampton later this year. 

The play, given the thumbs up by author Irvine Welsh who said it was 'better than either the book or film', will visit MAST Mayflower Studios on the final leg of its highly-anticipated tour from November 9 to 12.

The story is repackaged into an immersive production with the audience literally part of the show, including the notorious 'Worst Toilet in Scotland' scene.

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Trainspotting is the story of Mark Renton and his friends, living through the Edinburgh heroin scene of the 1980s.

Harry Gibson’s original stage adaptation, written before it became the famous blockbuster film, was instantly successful and controversial, and won the Sunday Times Award for Best New Play.

For this 21st anniversary production, In Your Face Theatre’s Scottish cast have created a snappy and vibrant affirmation of the power and humour of the piece.

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Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting on a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows while stuffing junk food in your mouth. Choose rotting away in a home, a total embarrassment to the selfish brats you've produced. Choose life.

It's a no-holds-barred, in your face theatre production which left Irvine Welsh feeling 'blown away'.

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

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The tour also includes a return to the Edinburgh Fringe where it launched so successfully and an off West End season as well as an extensive regional tour. 

The hard-hitting 75 minute production is for over 16s only and contains nudity, strong language, sex, violence, and drug use.

Trainspotting is a 1996 dark comedy film directed by Danny Boyle and starring Ewan McGregor based on the 1993 novel of the same title by Irvine Welsh.

Tickets for the 21st anniversary production are on sale now from



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