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Duke of York's Theatre

Following a sell-out world premiere, the chilling Touching The Void transfers to the West End for a limited season. This true tale of mountain climber Joe Simpson's unthinkable brush with death is based on Simpson's memoir of the same name.

A gripping and life-affirming account of a true event, Touching The Void transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season. With direction from the award-winning Tom Morris, this unshakeable journey into the abyss runs at Duke of York’s Theatre from 9 November.

The piece is based on the 1988 memoir of Joe Simpson, a mountain climber whose near-death experience was also documented in a BAFTA-winning documentary film. The stage adaptation had its world premiere in 2018 at Bristol Old Vic, marking 30 years since the publication of Simpson’s book. The Telegraph dubbed it “nail-biting” while the Guardian pronounced it a “thrilling, chilling drama”.

What do you do when death is imminent? Do you stop fighting and give in, or do you put your body through unimaginable pain and exertion in the grim hope there’s another way out? Climbing partners Joe Simpson and Simon Yates are tethered together, scaling the infamous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes, when disaster strikes. The ground gives way and Simpson finds himself hanging above a treacherous drop. Yates is faced with an unthinkable decision: does he stay attached to Simpson and risk freezing to death, or does he cut the rope?

Tom Morris’ prior directorial credits include The Grinning Man, War Horse and Swallows & Amazons. The piece is adapted by David Grieg, who is Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, and has previously worked on The Events, The Lorax, The Suppliant Women and more.

Design comes from Ti Green, sound designer and compositions from Jon Nicholls, lighting design from Chris Davey and movement direction from Sascha Milavic Davies.

Casting is yet to be announced.

How far would you go for survival? Go right to the brink and face up to impossible decisions when Touching The Void comes to Duke of York’s Theatre from 9 November.

Sorry this show closed 29 February 2020, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
28 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020
Running time:
2 hours and 25 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Recommended 12+
Audience Notes:
Those who enjoyed Simpson’s book or the subsequent documentary film will want to sink their teeth into the stage adaptation of Touching The Void, which delivers the unbelievable story with electrifying clarity.

Touching the Void Reviews

123 Reviews
  • 5 Stars63%
  • 4 Stars27%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Stars1%

User Reviews


A phenomenally physical production for the cast who were all excellent and believable in their roles. I was very impressed by the staging and the way props were utilised. I was not familiar with the film/book so I was on the edge of seat as I did not Read more

Performance date: 21 February 2020

Interesting show, with a very interesting story. It wasn’t the easiest show to become immersed in, although the poor view from the cheap seats definitely contributed to that. Very clever use of theatric props. Would recommend, with caution for anyone Read more

Performance date: 17 February 2020

I've never seen the movie or read the book but this was a very compelling piece of drama and it was fascinating the way a mountain can be dramatised on stage. I found it gripping and tense from start to finish and knowing it was a true story made it Read more

Performance date: 05 February 2020
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