Programme Details

A Fuel, Bristol Old Vic, Royal Lyceum Theatre, and Royal and Derngate Northampton co-production
Touching The Void

One of the greatest true stories of adventure and survival comes to the stage in this thriller directed by Tony Award-winner, Tom Morris. Two men attempt a dangerous Andean mountain ascent climbing on the same rope in appalling weather when disaster strikes. For any chance of survival, one must cut the other free; beneath them, a terrifying void of ice and snow.



The greatest mountaineering story ever told
From best-seller and award-winning film to nail-biting stage drama

★★★★★ The Times
★★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ Broadway World
★★★★ Bristol Post

“A masterful use of stagecraft as well as mind-play” ★★★★★ The Times

“The obstacle of reaching the heights at the start of a new theatre era has been triumphantly surmounted”★★★★★ The Guardian

“A gripping, inventively staged survival story”★★★★ The Stage

Best-selling book, award-winning film and now adapted for the stage by playwright David Greig, Touching the Void is one of the greatest true stories of adventure and survival. 

Battered by freezing winds on an unstable snow-cliff high in the Andes and desperate to help his injured climbing partner who dangles from a rope below him, Simon Yates faces an appalling dilemma. Knowing they will both fall into the void beneath them, he cuts the line – a decision that will change their lives forever. In a deep crevasse from which he cannot possibly climb to safety, Joe Simpson teeters in mental anguish on the brink of death.

Staged by Tony Award-winner and Bristol Old Vic Artistic Director Tom Morris (The Grinning ManWar HorseSwallows & Amazons) and adapted for the stage by award-winning writer and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh Artistic Director David Greig (The EventsThe LoraxThe Suppliant Women), this almost unbearably tense drama will have you clinging to the edge of your seat.

Performed in English with Chinese surtitles
Approx 2 hrs 30 mins incl one interval
This production contains strong language, haze, naked flames, strobe light, loud noise and disturbing content.
Not suitable for ages below 12



Based on the memoir by
Joe Simpson

Adapted by
David Greig

Tom Morris

Ti Green

Lighting Designer
Chris Davey

Composer & Sound Designer
Jon Nicholls

Movement Director
Sasha Milavic Davies

Casting Director
Jill Green CDG


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Official Website of Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh 
Official Website of Royal & Derngate Northampton


Photo credit

Marc Douet
Geraint Lewis



    27 / 2 / 2019  15:00
    1 / 3 / 2019  15:00




    21 & 26 - 28 / 2 / 2019  20:00
    23 / 2 / 2019 15:00



    Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall


    Pre-show in-school workshop (conducted in English) is available for this programme. 
    (Applicable to School Members)