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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.

Performance dates: 28 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020

Running time: 2 hours 25 mins (including 25-min interval)

Age recommendation: Recommended 12+

Special notice: 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.

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Latest audience reviews

A phenomenally physical production for the cast who were all excellent and believable in their roles.... More

LondonLass Top 50 reviewer13 Mar 2020

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 know the ending.

LondonLass Top 50 reviewer13 Mar 2020

Interesting show, with a very interesting story. It wasn’t the easiest show to become immersed in, although... More

hums 17 Feb 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 struggling with bad depressions as some scenes can be quite tough.

hums 17 Feb 2020

I've never seen the movie or read the book but this was a very compelling piece of drama and it was fascinating... More

joc78 Top 10 reviewer11 Feb 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 all the more heartfelt and sincere.

joc78 Top 10 reviewer11 Feb 2020

Really clever staging, as a climber I was apprehensive about how they'd portray the climbing elements... More

victorias8 17 Jan 2020

Really clever staging, as a climber I was apprehensive about how they'd portray the climbing elements effectively. The actors and set worked really well together although some of the lighting states didn't quite work. Overall well worth seeing.

victorias8 17 Jan 2020

The was that they told the story was incredible and although I was terrified during the first act I was... More

sarahward Top 50 reviewer28 Dec 2019

The was that they told the story was incredible and although I was terrified during the first act I was really enjoying it. It was a bit confusing at times to follow though, I will not be seeing it again.

sarahward Top 50 reviewer28 Dec 2019

Almost as gripping as the book. Fantastic use of the vertical and horizontal space. Great story telling... More

shauno2 16 Dec 2019

Almost as gripping as the book. Fantastic use of the vertical and horizontal space. Great story telling and explaining through narration by sister and non climbing friend. Excellent stage set, props and music.

shauno2 16 Dec 2019
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