About the showTouching The Void is the chilling true tale of a mountain climber's brush with death, and a struggle for survival that inspired the world. The stage adaptation transfers to the West End for a limited run at Duke of York’s Theatre from 9 November.
Based on the 1988 memoir of Joe Simpson, the event was also the subject of a BAFTA-winning documentary film. The stage adaptation premiered at Bristol Old Vic in 2018, marking the 30th anniversary of the publication of Simpson’s book.
Faced with an unthinkable catastrophe, two climbers must make decisions which will affect the rest of their lives. Climbing partners Joe Simpson and Simon Yates are attached together by rope as they scale the notorious Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes, but a crevasse gives way, leaving Simpson dangling above an abyss. Yates, still tethered to Simpson, must decide whether to stay trapped amid the ice or cut the rope to save himself.
Tom Morris (The Grinning Man, War Horse) directs. The production is adapted from the book by David Grieg (The Events, The Lorax, The Suppliant Women).
Design is by Ti Green, sound designer and compositions by Jon Nicholls, lighting design by Chris Davey and movement direction by Sascha Milavic Davies.
Casting news will follow in due course.
Visit the brink: see Touching The Void at Duke of York’s Theatre from 9 November.