Touching The Void

dramaA Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Bristol Old Vic, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh and Fuel co-production

Based on the book by Joe Simpson
Adapted by David Greig
Directed by Tom Morris

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’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.

Tom Morris (The Grinning Man, Swallows & Amazons) directs the first stage adaptation of this nail-biting adventure by award-winning writer and Artistic Director of The Lyceum, David Greig (The Events, The Suppliant Women).

Please note that peanuts will be consumed on stage during Touching the Void.


Touring to:

Bristol Old Vic

Sat 8 September – 6 Oct October

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

Thu 24 January – Sat 16 February 2019

Hong Kong Arts Festival

Thu 21 February – Sat 2 March 2019

Perth Theatre

Wed 6 – Sun 10 March 2019

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Thu 14 – Sat 16 March 2019

Production photography by Geraint Lewis.

Oct 18
Oct 18
Venue: Royal
Age: Recommended for ages 14+ Frequent strong language. Contains depictions of injury, pain and death.
Duration: 140 minutes including an interval
  • Audio Described
  • Captioned
  • Signed

Cast & Creative Team