It’s been announced that David Grieg’s stage adaptation of Joe Simpson’s memoir TOUCHING THE VOID is to open at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre later this year.
Directed by Tom Morris (WAR HORSE), the piece opens in the West End following its premiere at Bristol Old Vic, and subsequent runs at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum and Royal and Derngate in Northampton. TOUCHING THE VOID is scheduled to return to Bristol prior to its London opening in November.
Director 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, based on Joe Simpson’s 1988 novel of the same name, is a recount of Simpson and his friend Simon Yates’ successful but disastrous climb in the Peruvian Andes in 1985, where the pair found themselves stranded on the side of a 20,000ft mountain. The original novel sold over a million copies and was translated into over 20 languages. TOUCHING THE VOID was also been adapted into a critically acclaimed documentary film in 2003.
The production is adapted by David Greig with direction by Tom Morris, design by Ti Green, lighting by Chris Davey, sound and composition by Jon Nicholls, movement by Sasha Milavic Davies and casting by Jill Green.
TOUCHING THE VOID will run at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre from 9th November 2019 to 29th February 2020 with opening night scheduled for 14th November. Tickets are on sale now.