Touching the Void at Duke of York's Theatre tickets
Touching the Void at Duke of York's Theatre tickets

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About the show

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 25 mins (including 25-min interval)
Opened: 09 Nov 2019
Press night: 14 Nov 2019
Booking from: 28 Feb 2020
Booking until: 29 Feb 2020

Location and map

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4BG

120 Reviews Add review

A phenomenally physical production for the cast who were all excellent and believable in their roles. I was very impressed by the staging... More

LondonLass 5"1, 248 reviews, 14 helpful votes

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

hums 1 review, 0 helpful votes

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... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

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

victorias8 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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... More

sarahward 5 foot, 333 reviews, 7 helpful votes

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

shauno2 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Great, inventive show that tells a pretty awesome true story. Some very clever use of physical staging to provide the mountain climbing... More

garethc3 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Genuinely tense show about a mountaineering accident, even though you probably know the outcome of the story already. Great to see... More

Nama123 31 reviews, 0 helpful votes

So well done. Incredible use of one simple climbing prop to simulate an entire mountain and glacier. Loved that much of the play actually... More

CJ-Canuck 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes