Touching the Void: A Gripping True Story of Adventure and Survival

Why We Recommend it

A true story adapted for the stage, Touching the Void is about two men attempting a dangerous Andean mountain ascent climbing on the same rope when disaster strikes. For any chance of survival, one must cut the other free.


Based on the eponymous best-selling book and award-winning film, the lauded play Touching the Void is a tense drama on two climbers, Simon Yates and Joe Simpson.

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 faces an appalling dilemma. Knowing they will both fall into the terrifying void of ice and snow beneath them if he doesn’t do anything, he cuts the line – a decision that will change their lives forever. In a deep crevasse from which he cannot possibly climb up to safety, Joe is left in mental anguish on the brink of death.

Touching the Void is 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 event is organised as a part of the 47th Hong Kong Arts Festival.


When: 21 Feb 2019 - 2 Mar 2019 Where: Hong Kong City Hall Theatre – 5 Edinburgh Place – Central