Based on the book by Joe Simpson Adapted by David Greig
Following critically acclaimed runs at the Bristol Old Vic, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Northampton Royal & Derngate, Hong Kong Festival, and on Tour in the UK, Tom Morris’ production of Touching the Void opened in the West End at the Duke of Yorks Theatre and previewed from November 9th for a strictly limited season with an opening night of November 14th.
Bristol Old Vic’s Tom Morris (War Horse, Swallows & Amazons,) directed the first stage version of Touching the Void, adapted by The Lyceum’s David Greig (The Events, The Suppliant Women, Charlie, and the Chocolate Factory) from the award-winning memoir by Joe Simpson, which also became a BAFTA-winning film. They were joined by Designer Ti Green, Sound Designer and Composer Jon Nicholls, Lighting Designer Chris Davey, Movement Director Sasha Milavic Davies, and with casting by Jill Green CDG. This production marked the 30th anniversary of the publication of Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir, charting his extraordinary struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes. Alongside this struggle, is the appalling dilemma of his climbing partner Simon Yates, perched on an unstable snow-cliff, clinging onto the rope tying him to the severely injured Joe. Unable to recover Joe from the void, Simon is faced with the agonising decision to cut the rope that binds them…
Tom Morris said: “This production has been an extraordinary journey into the unknown, inspired by one of the most compelling books I’ve ever opened. Simpson’s story drove my imagination wild with fear, excitement and hope. We hope this show will do the same for yours.”
Production photos by Geraint Lewis
"★★★★★ - thrilling, chilling drama reaches dizzy heights. "
"★★★★★ - a stirring testament to human fortitude and the power of theatre. "
"★★★★★ - This is much more than a crampon brag: this is about loneliness, loyalty and the overpowering desire to survive. That’s what makes it great theatre."
"★★★★★ - electrifying production"
Stage Talk Magazine
"★★★★ - Gripping, inventively staged survival story on an epic scale."
"★★★★ - A cracking production... masterly."
"★★★★ - an epic tale is brought newly and vividly to life."