Touching the Void

Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate & Fuel present the World Premiere of
Touching the Void
Based on the book by Joe Simpson
Adapted by David Greig

‘Life can deal you an amazing hand. Do you play it steady, bluff like crazy or go all in?’

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 memoir Touching the Void, an international bestseller and BAFTA-winning film sensation, charts his struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

The heart of the story is Joe Simpson's mental battle as he teeters on the very brink of death and despair in a crevasse from which he can't possibly climb to safety. Also unforgettable is the appalling dilemma of Simon Yates, perched on an unstable snow-cliff, battered by freezing winds and desperate to rescue the injured Simpson, who hangs from a rope below him. Knowing that they will both ultimately fall into the void, he makes the critical decision to cut the rope, changing both of their lives forever.

The Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig brings his award-winning writing skills to the first stage adaptation of this nail-biting adventure, rich in psychodrama and suspense. Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic, Tom Morris (The Grinning Man, War Horse, Swallows & Amazons), lends his visionary directing style to the show.

Co-produced with Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate, Northampton & Fuel.

Contains frequent strong language and depictions of injury and death. 

Cast and Credits

Fiona Hampton Sarah
Edward Hayter Simon
Patrick McNamee Richard
Josh Williams Joe

Writer/adaptor David Greig
Director Tom Morris
Designer Ti Green
Lighting Designer Chris Davey
Composer & Sound Designer Jon Nicholls
Movement Director Sasha Milavic Davies
Casting Director Jill Green CDG/Amy Beadel
Assistant Costume Designer & Costume Supervisor Emma Cains
Assistant Director Evan Lordan


Production Trailer

Touching the Void, behind the scenes with the Creative Team

Touching the Void, behind the scenes with the cast

Dates, Times & Prices

24 January - 16 February 2019

Thursday 24 January, 7.30pm
£10 (Preview tickets on sale from 17 December)

Tuesday - Saturdays

Wednesdays and Saturdays

For Access performances see below.

Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one 20 minute interval.


Individual Tickets

Tuesday - Saturday: £16 - £35.50

Wednesday and Saturday: £14 - £32

from £10, not available on Premium Seats
For full details on concession pricing please contact Box Office on 0131 248 4848

Unreserved seating, all tickets £10
On sale 17 December


Thursday 7 February, 7.30pm
Touch Tour, 6.15pm
Saturday 9 February, 2pm
Touch Tour, 12.45pm

Wednesday 6 February, 7.30pm

Saturday 9 February, 2pm

  • Book Accessible performances here

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

Take Part

Tuesday 5 February
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance.

  • FREE, no ticket required

Friday 8 February, 5:30pm
LYT will be doing a series of short performances in response to the show on the main stage, just before the show.

Monday 4 February, 7pm
The Will to Survive
Featuring Dr Mike Stroud OBE.

Saturday 26 January, 10am-12:30pm
Touching the Void: Devising - Autobiographical Theatre

Press Coverage


The Guardian

"This is much more than a crampon brag: this is about loneliness, loyalty and the overpowering desire to survive. That’s what makes it great theatre."

The Times

"a stirring testament to human fortitude and the power of theatre”

The Telegraph

“electrifying production”
Stage Talk Magazine

"Gripping, inventively staged survival story on an epic scale"
The Stage

“A cracking production... masterly”
The Observer

“an epic tale is brought newly and vividly to life”
Broadway World

“gripping, compelling and immersive live experience”
Bristol Post


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