Climbing thriller, Touching the Void, in West End transfer to Duke of York’s Theatre

Josh Williams in Touching The Void. Images Geraint Lewis

The nail-biting mountaineering drama, Touching the Void, is to transfer to London’s West End following a smash hit UK tour and performances in Hong Kong, it has been announced.

Tom Morris’ thrilling stage production (Stage Review’s ★★★★ verdict HERE) will open in at the Duke of York’s Theatre, previewing from November 9.

Bristol Old Vic’s Tom Morris (War Horse, Swallows & Amazons,) directs this stunning version of Touching the Void, which has been adapted David Greig from the award-winning memoir by Joe Simpson.

The production marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of Simpson’s best-selling book, which charted 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.”

Touching the Void will run at the Duke of York’s Theatre from November 9 – February 29, 2020.

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