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Tom Morris' production of Touching the Void transfers to the West End

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TOM Morris’ production of Touching the Void is transferring to the West End – to the Duke of York’s Theatre where it will run from Saturday, November 9, 2019 to Saturday, February 29, 2020.

The transfer follows critically acclaimed runs at the Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Hong Kong Festival and on tour in the UK.

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.”

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. Casting is by Jill Green CDG.

Tickets: From £15 – available by calling 0844 871 7623 or visiting or

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm; Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. First Saturday matinee November 16. First Wednesday matinee November 20.

Duncan Macmillan’s new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm continues at the Duke of York’s Theatre until July 20. It will be followed – from August 24 to November 2, 2019 – by Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Florian Zeller’s The Son.