Touching the Void

Touching the Void

Duke of York's Theatre · 09 NOV - 29 FEB

Touching The Void is set to head to the Duke of York's Theatre this autumn for its long-awaited West End premiere.

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6 November 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Joe Simpson’s book about breaking a leg on the unclimbed face of the 21,000 foot high Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes is not just a great story about adventure and survival but a nail-biting story of trust, moral dilemmas and friendship. It might seem like an impossible piece to transpose to the stage but that is exactly what playwright David Greig and director Tom Morris have done in a show that has already won over audiences in Edinburgh, Bristol and Northampton. Now they’re bringing its snow-caped peaks and deep crevasses to the West End stage.”
“The director of War Horse, Tom Morris, returns to the West End with this adaption of Joe Simpson mountaineering memoir involving a deadly and treacherous expedition in the Peruvian Andes. It opened at the Bristol Old Vic last year and won plaudits for its epic scale and for a particular passage that was described by one critic as “the most visceral 15 minutes of theatre you will likely see this year”. If you like a thriller, this play is for you.”

Overview

Following its sell-out world-premiere in 2018, “Tom Morris’ most accomplished project since War Horse” (The Telegraph) transfers to London.

What happens when you look death squarely in the face and how do you find the strength to crawl back towards life?

Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir, turned BAFTA-winning film, charts his struggle for survival in the Andes in 1985. The heart of the story is Joe Simpson’s mental battle as he teeters on the brink of death and despair in a crevasse from which he can’t possibly climb to safety.

Alongside this is the appalling dilemma of Simon Yates, perched on an unstable snow-cliff, battered by freezing winds and desperate to rescue his injured climbing partner who hangs from a rope below him.

Critic reviews

Real-life story of man left for dead on mountain leaves you breathless

Evening Standard

A white-knuckle adaptation to take you to the top of the world

The Telegraph

Gripping journey into the mind of a survivor

The Times

Strikingly designed and excruciatingly tense staging of Joe Simpson's mountaineering memoir

The Stage

Considering the hardship of bringing such an untheatrical story to the West End, the overall result is actually commendable

The Upcoming

An admirable feat of ingenuity

Broadway World

A penetrating portrayal of the impulse of human survival, against the odds

London Theatre

David Greig's much-lauded mountaineering story doesn't quite peak

The Arts Desk

David Greig finds humour amid the horror in this triumphant stage adaptation of the mountaineering memoir

The Guardian (Bristol run)

It's a work with flaws but it also contains the most visceral 15 minutes of theatre you will likely see this year

WhatsOnStage (Bristol run)

The scenes seem clichéd and contrived

London Box Office

While there are certainly flaws to Touching the Void they don’t deduct the essential power of this incredible story

Exeunt (Bristol run)

A truly inspiring story about the limitless depths of human bravery

A Younger Theatre

Gripping and exciting account of true events on the Peruvian Andes

Everything Theatre

Date & time

Until 29 Feb
Sat 9 Nov - Sat 29 Feb, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 25 mins

Venue

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane WC2N 4BG London, UK · Get Directions
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out of 5 stars
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