After four months with its doors closed by the pandemic, Bristol Old Vic – one of the world’s greatest theatrical survival stories – is brought back to life with this epic tale of human endurance and friendship.
Touching the Void’s world premiere opened Bristol Old Vic’s multimillion-pound redevelopment in 2018, and marked a new era for the theatre. The show went on to garner 5-star reviews, a West End run and UK tour as audiences were left reeling from this daring and imaginative tour-de-force.
From May, for one week only (26-29 May), Touching the Void returns for its next bold adventure in theatrical risk-taking, as Bristol Old Vic collaborates with original co-producing partners Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Royal & Derngate Northampton, Fuel and also Fiery Angel, who presented the West End run in association with Ambassador Theatre Group Productions. Tickets go on general sale Wed 21 Apr at 3pm.
Learning from the digital experiments of the last 12 months, Bristol Old Vic will bring together the intimacy of live performance with the technical power of digital theatre to create a binaural, multi-camera, and totally live story, allowing viewers at home to also experience the show from every heart-stopping angle, alongside the audience in the theatre.
Directed by Tony Award-winning Tom Morris (War Horse) and based on Joe Simpson’s bestselling memoir turned BAFTA-winning film, David Greig’s thrilling adaptation charts this breathtaking struggle for survival.
Perched on an unstable snow-cliff and battered by freezing winds, Simon is desperate to rescue his injured climbing partner who hangs from a rope below him. Meanwhile, Joe teeters on the brink of death and despair in a crevasse from which he can’t possibly climb to safety. Life-affirming and often darkly funny, Touching the Void takes the audience on an epic adventure that asks how far you’d be willing to go to survive.
The West End cast return for this limited one-week run in the theatre. Josh Williams returns to the role of Joe Simpson, alongside Angus Yellowlees as Simon, Patrick McNamee as Richard and Fiona Hampton as Sarah.
Touching the Void
A Bristol Old Vic, Fiery Angel, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Royal & Derngate Northampton and Fuel co-production (presented in the West End in association with Ambassador Theatre Group Productions)
Based on the book by Joe Simpson
Adapted by David Greig
Directed by Tom Morris
Dates: 26-29 May
Times: 8pm (Live broadcast & In person)
Price: £10 (open concs) / £15 (standard) / £25, £50 & £100 (pay it forward)
Age: 12+ (contains frequent and very strong language)
Fiona Hampton – Sarah
Theatre includes: Ralegh: The Treason Trial, Much Ado About Nothing (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); Tamburlaine (Yellow Earth/Arcola Theatre and UK tour); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Wolsey Theatre); Private Lives (Octagon Theatre/New Victoria Theatre); Winter Hill, The Glass Menagerie, Tull, Of Mice and Men, Lighthearted Intercourse (all Octagon Theatre); Don’t Laugh (Cockpit Theatre); Playhouse Creatures (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Changeling (Southwark Playhouse); Roar, Clockheart Boy (Rose Theatre Kingston); The Merchant of Venice (Derby Playhouse).
Film includes: The Good Neighbour, Revolution, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Windmill, Legacy.
Television includes: The Collection (Amazon Prime/BBC Worldwide); Switch (ITV); Holby City (BBC); The Sarah Jane Adventures (DW Productions).
Patrick McNamee – Richard
Theatre includes: Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp (Royal Court); French Without Tears (Orange Tree Theatre); The History Boys (Selladoor); Sweeney Todd and A Few Good Men (LAMDA).
Film includes: The Pebble and the Boy, The Invisible Hours
Television includes: Series regular on Our Girl, Inspector George Gently (BBC).
Josh Williams – Joe
Theatre includes: If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You (Project Arts Centre); One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse); Barbarians (Found 111); New Views: Is There a WIFI in Heaven? (National Theatre); Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC); Love and Information, Our Private Life (Royal Court); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe); Shivered (Southwark Playhouse); Lord of the Flies (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).
Television includes: Doctors, May Day, Holby City (BBC); Agatha Raison (Sky One); Midsomer Murders, Law and Order (ITV).
Angus Yellowlees – Simon
Angus trained at LAMDA graduating in 2017 where credits whilst training included Bury Fair, Hobson’s Choice and The Cherry Orchard.
Screen credits include: Endeavour (ITV), The Last Commanders (BBC) and We Have Everywhere To Go (NFTS).
Radio work includes: The Balloaloes and The Gnats.
Touching the Void was Angus’ professional stage debut.
Andy Sellers (understudy Joe & Simon)
Theo St Claire (understudy Richard)
Holly Carpenter (understudy Sarah)