Duke of York's Theatre

104 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG GB

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Touching The Void

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4.3/5 - based on 27 reviews
  • Booking until: Saturday, 29 February 2020
  • Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes
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About Touching The Void

Age restrictions

12+, contains frequent very strong language

Important Information

12+, contains frequent very strong language

Performance Times
  • Booking until: Saturday, 29 February 2020
  • Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed 14:30 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -

Touching The Void description

Touching the Void – Adapted from Joe Simpson's terrifying book

When the World Premiere of this splendid play from the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate & Fuel was first staged it caused a stir. Now Touching the Void, based on Joe Simpson's fantastic book and adapted by David Greig, is heading for the Duke of York's theatre in late 2019.

Joe Simpson's memoir is called Touching the Void, and it's an international bestseller. The film won a BAFTA. So what's the story? Life can deal you an amazing hand. When it happens to you, do you play it slow and steady, bluff like mad and hope for the best, or just go for it? When you look death right in the face, do you have the strength it takes to choose life? This fantastic piece of stage entertainment charts Joe's massive struggle for survival on the terrifying Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes, way back in 1985, and it's an incredible tale.

If you think you'll enjoy a complex, intelligent exploration of one man's mental battle as he teeters on the edge of death, this is for you. If you love a story where hope triumphs over despair, here you are. This is what happens when one man finds himself trapped in a crevasse from which he can't escape. But there's more. Joe isn't alone. Simon Yates, his friend, is also out there, balancing on a lethally unstable snow cliff, being thrown around by massive winds and totally desperate to rescue his mate.

While Joe Simpson dangles from a rope far below their strength fails, the risk of falling to their deaths steadily increases, and a massive storm threatens their lives. Simon has to decide whether to cut the rope and risk Joe's life. Does he do it?

This fantastic adaptation is down to the Lyceum theatre's Artistic Director David Greig, an award-winning writer in his own right. This is the first stage adaptation of this super-tense adventure, a play that's really rich in psychodrama and a masterpiece of sheer, tense suspense. And the Artistic Director of the Bristol Old Vic, Tom Morris, directs in his usual visionary way. Result! 

The cast includes Fiona Hampton as Sarah, Edward Hayter as Simon, Patrick McNamee as Richard and Josh Williams as Joe, and the creative team comprises the Designer Ti Green, Lighting Designer Chris Davey, the Composer & Sound Designer Jon Nicholls, the Movement Director Sasha Milavic Davies and the Casting and the Assistant Director Evan Lordan.

Who is this show for?
Because it contains frequent strong language and depictions of injury and death, this show is for adults only. We recommend it for people aged 15 or more.

Next Performances for Touching The Void at the Duke of York's Theatre

tomorrow18th Jan 2020 2:30pm

104 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG GB

Touching The Void Cast
tomorrow18th Jan 2020 7:30pm

104 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG GB

Touching The Void Cast
Monday20th Jan 2020 7:30pm

104 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG GB

Touching The Void Cast
Tuesday21st Jan 2020 7:30pm

104 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG GB

Touching The Void Cast
Wednesday22nd Jan 2020 2:30pm

104 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG GB

Touching The Void Cast
Wednesday22nd Jan 2020 7:30pm

104 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG GB

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Touching The Void reviews

4.3 out of 5 based on 27 reviews

What to expect:

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Recommended for:

Anyone (44%)
Families (52%)
Teenagers (59%)
Couples (70%)
Theatregoers (78%)
Latest customer reviews
Matthew
Great adaptation onto stage. Very clever and well put together.

Reviewed on 16 January 2020 by , Earlsfield, United Kingdom

Julia
Recommended

Reviewed on 15 January 2020 by , Upminster, United Kingdom

Finlay R
Brilliant on-stage dramatisation of the story.

Reviewed on 13 January 2020 by , Basildon, United Kingdom

Graham
No conflict

Any play should have human interaction and tension at its core but the story of how a climber cut the rope to his climbing partner to save himself (he had little choice or suffer a pointless death himself) avoided the main question and concentrated on the story of how the abandoned climber made it back to camp. Why no confrontation between the two men at any point. Admirable as the acting was especially showing Joe Simpson’s superhuman effort to reach safety, the outcome is so well known by now that the way home seemed interminable for this member of the audience. By sticking so closely to the facts of the real life story any potential true drama was lost and the play became a trial of endurance for both actor and this member of the audience whose eyes closed more than once over the two hours. This is an example of how a dramatic set and excellent acting does not a play make. A less than gripping afternoon in this pretty uncomfortable theatre.

Reviewed on 09 January 2020 by , Hampton, United Kingdom

Fenton
well worth travelling from Ireland to see!

Read the book, saw the movie and was intrigued as to how it could be staged. Excellent and realistic production, you just have to imagine that you are there and accept it for what it is. Embrace it.

Reviewed on 09 January 2020 by , Drogheda, Ireland

Tohun
Long and laboured story of a climbing accident

Far too long

Reviewed on 04 January 2020 by , London, United Kingdom

Andrew
Gripping

Reviewed on 03 January 2020 by , West Bridgford, United Kingdom

Jackie
Imaginative adaptation

Reviewed on 01 January 2020 by , London, United Kingdom

Carolina
A challenging story to put onto a stage, but they did it very well!!

Very well planned and though out theatre production. It is a joy to see if you are a climber and know about the book it is based on or if you are no climber and the story is new to you. Very unbiased representation of an at the time very debated subject. Well done and a great night out! Very recommended!

Reviewed on 30 December 2019 by , Sidcup, United Kingdom

Clara
Good but could be so much better

Worth seeing for the story but there are a few odd scenes

Reviewed on 28 December 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Juliet
Good story

Over all we enjoyed it and thought the mountain scenes were good. From our seats in the stalls we struggled to see the action on the stage. We thought there was a great deal of swearing - it must have been a lot for two 21year olds to actually comment on it!

Reviewed on 24 December 2019 by , Chalfont St Giles, United Kingdom

Edward
Sheer heroism.

An innovative set and a superbly acted piece portraying an unlikely feat of heroism which miraculously ended in triumph.

Reviewed on 23 December 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Carol
Highly theatrical rendition of Joe Simpson’s epic story

The visitor is transported to the Andes to experience Simon’s rope/cutting dilemma first hand. The set was very evocative of the unforgiving terrain. Tension was interspersed with humour. Well acted by actors can climb!

Reviewed on 22 December 2019 by , Paddock Wood, United Kingdom

Barbara
Did not live up to the review hype

Interesting interpretation and it most certainly did have some memorable moments but they were few. in essence, it was a little disappointing.

Reviewed on 14 December 2019 by , Witsloot, United Kingdom

Sandra
Amazing story, amazing effects

Though knowing the story,through the book and film,this production still had many moments of great tension. The only jarring moments for myself were of the screaming sister. A bit too much of a theatrical conceit.

Reviewed on 01 December 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Michael
Inventive

Outstanding narration of an epictale of survival. It sucks you in and makes you feel like you can also touch the void.

Reviewed on 30 November 2019 by , Dublin, Ireland

Susie
Holding back the emotions

The quality of the acting is astounding, the creation of the set inspirational and at the end of the show the ability to get up and walk out is nigh impossible. A

Reviewed on 25 November 2019 by , Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Alison
Experience the full emotion of an extraordinary tale

I was wondering how this story would translate and come alive as theatre. Boy how it worked! Very imaginative use of theatre set, narrative and wonderful acting to really draw the audience in . You trully experience the full emotion of this extraordinary tale of courage and endurance.

Reviewed on 24 November 2019 by , Nottingham, United Kingdom

Lindsay

TOUCHING THE VOID is an amazing true story of Mountain, the human spirit and of people facing enormous life challenges and I know it well. I was interested to see how on earth they could tell it on a very small stage! The introduction used Joe Simpsons(real or imaginary)unpleasant sister to carry the story and to explain the "why and how" of the pair being on the Mountain in the first place + an analysis of "Climbers" and their psyche!! It was disconnected and confusing to find the opening set was at Joes funeral- when he wrote the book when he got back and gives Inspirational talks to this day!- so we know he is still very much alive! That was explained later as the play progressed. I was pleased to see the play acknowledged how Simon SAVED Joes life by his actions on the "hill" and how Joe also saved his own life by his own determined will and action.The construction of the mountain and the climbing on the stage was good and quite cleverly done. All in all a good evening.

Reviewed on 24 November 2019 by , Cambridge, United Kingdom

stephen
great show

Reviewed on 18 November 2019 by , Essex, United Kingdom

Howard
Extraordinary story

Reviewed on 17 November 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Harriet
Very exciting and stylish

Reviewed on 16 November 2019 by , Eye, United Kingdom

06 Jan
2020
Josephine Balfour-Oatts

From Page to Stage: TOUCHING THE VOID

by Josephine Balfour-Oatts | Monday, January 6 2020, 09:04

touching-the-void.png David Grieg's chilling drama Touching The Void is still leaving audiences cold. Here's why this book-based adaptation is worth booking:

Photo: Tristam Kenton 

From Page to Stage: TOUCHING THE VOID