‘Directed by the award-winning Tom Morris (War Horse) and based on Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir, turned BAFTA-winning film, this extraordinary story charts Joe Simpson’s and Simon Yates’ struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes.
Life-affirming and often darkly funny, David Greig’s thrilling adaptation of Touching The Void takes the audience on an epic adventure that asks how far you’d be willing to go to survive’.
Following critically acclaimed runs at the Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate Northampton, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Hong Kong Festival and on tour in the UK, Tom Morris’ production of ‘Touching the Void‘ will open in the West End at the Duke of York’s Theatre, previewing from November 9th for a strictly limited season.
Bristol Old Vic‘s Tom Morris (War Horse, Swallows & Amazons) directs the first stage version of ‘Touching the Void’, adapted by The Lyceum‘s David Greig (The Events, The Suppliant Women, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) from the award-winning memoir by Joe Simpson, which also became a BAFTA-winning film. They are joined by designer Ti Green, sound designer and composer Jon Nicholls, lighting designer Chris Davey and movement director Sasha Milavic Davies, with casting by Jill Green CDG.
Casting will include Fiona Hampton (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Holby City, The Sarah Jane Adventures) as Sarah, Patrick McNamee (Our Girl, Inspector George Gently) as Richard, Josh Williams (Doctors, Holby City, Midsomer Murders, Law and Order) as Joe and LAMDA graduate Angus Yellowlees as Simon.
This production marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir, charting his extraordinary struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes. Alongside this struggle is the appalling dilemma of his climbing partner Simon Yates, perched on an unstable snow-cliff, clinging onto the rope tying him to the severely injured Joe. Unable to recover Joe from the void, Simon is faced with the agonising decision to cut the rope that binds them…
Tom Morris said: “This production has been an extraordinary journey into the unknown, inspired by one of the most compelling books I’ve ever opened. Simpson’s story drove my imagination wild with fear, excitement and hope. We hope this show will do the same for yours.”
The production is presented by Fiery Angel and ATG productions, in association with Bristol Old Vic, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Royal & Derngate Northampton and Fuel.
‘Touching The Void‘ will run at Duke of York’s Theatre, London, from 9th November 2019 to 29th February 2020, with an official opening night on Thursday 14th November.