19,000 feet high in the Peruvian Andes, a mountaineer with a broken foot finds himself on a precipitous ledge. With no rope tethering him to safety, and his partner leaving him for dead, he has no one else to count on but himself. Touching the Void is the extraordinary story of Joe Simpson and his journey away from the jaws of death on a mountaineering expedition. Based on a bestseller book and BAFTA Award-winning of the same name, Touching The Void is a play that will engulf your senses and promise to be a thrilling experience. Watch the play at the Duke of York’s theatre in the West End and don’t forget to keep breathing!
About the Show
Real life stories lack the charm in seeking out the climax because you already know what happens to the characters in the end. Add to this, the challenge of creating an outdoors environment inside the limited stage of live theatre is literally like ‘climbing a mountain!’ Yet, Touching the Void has managed to surpass these limitations to create an experience that will have you at the edge of your seat.
The play is based on the book written by Joe Simpson about his summit experience of Suila Grande and his near-death experience while descending it. The script is written by David Grieg who has managed to bring alive the emotional turmoil faced by the mountaineers on the edge of an endless void. It has been made possible thanks to the incredible ingenuity of the set designer Ti Green and lighting by Chris Davey who recreated the atmosphere of the icy mountainside and the sheer vertical slopes on stage.
The music plays its part, composed by Jon Nicholls; it drives the drama and thrill as Simpson manoeuvres his way out of the mountain. The play has been directed by Tom Morris who is the creative director of the Bristol Old Vic and has been known for shows like ‘War Horse,’ ‘King Lear,’ and ‘The Grinning Man.’ Touching the Void is a theatrical experience like none other in recent times on West End and promises to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller you simply cannot miss!
Touching the Void is an incredible story of human persistence and survival. It is about Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, who in 1985, successfully aced the west face of Suila Grande in the Peruvian Andes. The pair was at a height of 19,000 feet and stuck in a snowstorm hampering their descent. It was just the two of them, waging a battle against the elements, with only a few mountaineering equipments at their disposal.
With time running and no water or food, the pair prevailed but their journey became tricky when Simpson hurt his leg and was unable to move forward. Both of them tied two long 150-feet ropes in order to lower Simpson down a cliff. But an accident with the ropes led to Simpson stranded at the bottom and Yates could not pull him back up. With frostbite a looming certainty and communication between them practically impossible, Yates took the decision of cutting the rope to save his own life.
In a miracle of sorts, Simpson managed to avoid the deep crevasse and landed on a small ledge. He looked at the cut rope and figured he would have to fend for himself as Yates must have given up on him. Watch the terrifying and thrilling ‘Touching the Void’ to find out how Simpson survives this treacherous terrain and comes out alive.
The Duke of York's Theatre has a seating capacity of 640.
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Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
Touching The Void London Tickets
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Touching The Void - Duke of York's Theatre Ticket Prices
Stalls: £78 - £102
Royal Circle: £78 - £102
Upper Circle: £42 - £66
Touching the Void first premiered at the Bristol Old Vic in September 2018. It later went on a world tour including Hong Kong and Australia. This production will be its premiere at the West End.
“After two nail-biting hours, you feel as if you’ve been to the ends of the earth without moving from your seat, experiencing the in-extremis odyssey inch by howling inch.”
– The Telegraph
“Thrilling, chilling drama reaches dizzy heights.”
– The Guardian
Touching The Void London Lottery, TKTS, Day Seats
Apart from getting tickets for Touching The Void online, there are other ways to obtain West End tickets for cheap, such as:
TKTS: The TKTS booth obtains its inventory directly from the theatre based on availability, and sells them for cheap. Refer to our detailed guide.
Touching The Void London TKTS
TKTS booths offer discounted tickets for certain shows, and can only be collected in person. Unlike New York, there is only one TKTS booth in all of London. You can check the availability of tickets for the show of your choice at the official TKTS website.
The website displays availability of tickets for the current day, along with the following two days. Touching The Void TKTS tickets for the show are currently unavailable.
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Touching The Void London Lottery
Currently, no lotteries are available for this show. Keep a tab on this space for more details.
DAY TICKETS: These are tickets that are made available at the theatre on the day of the show.
Touching The Void London Day Tickets
Day Seats are discounted tickets that are available for purchase, and are to be used, on the same day at the theatre. Please note that the availability of tickets is based on the discretion of the Duke of York's Theatre Box Office, and may not be available for all shows.
Day Seats at Duke of York's Theatre are currently unavailable for purchase.
Q: Is there a way to purchase Touching The Void London TKTS tickets online, instead of waiting in line at the TKTS booths?
A: Unfortunately, no. The only way to purchase tickets is in person at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square.
Q: What time should I arrive at Duke of York's Theatre?
A: Doors open 45 minutes before show time. We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before curtain.
Q: Can I take photographs or videos of the show?
A: The use of cameras (still and video) and sound recorders is not allowed inside the theatre.
Q: What do I wear to the show?
A: There is no specific dress code. Formal attire is not required; semi formal or smart casual is recommended.
Q: Is there a possibility that I will get partial view seating if I purchase discounted Touching The Void London tickets?
A: When booking with Headout, you will get to select your specific seats, thus, ensuring you do not get stuck with partial view. However, if you opt to try and win lottery tickets, or purchase day seats, your seats will be allocated at the discretion of the Box Office, which can potentially mean partial view seating or split seats.