Josh Williams leads the cast (as Joe Simpson) in the West End transfer of Touching The Void at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 9th Nov 2019 to 29th February 2020. Having performed to 5* reviews and sell out audiences at Bristol Old Vic and a nationwide tour, this much anticipated run is one not to be missed. Directed by the award-winning Tom Morris (War Horse) and based on Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir, turned BAFTA-winning film, this extraordinary story charts Joe Simpson’s struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes. An impressive theatre CV, other productions Josh has starred in include the brilliant Donmar imagining of One Night In Miami, The RSC’s Wendy and Peter, Romeo and Juliet at The Globe, Lord of the Flies at Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Love and Information and Our Private Life at the Royal Court Theatre, to name just a few.
Read our Q&A with Josh Williams
Q: Can you tell us about Joe and how he fits into the storyline?
Josh: Touching the Void is the true story of two mountaineers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates’ epic fight for survival on a remote Peruvian mountain called Siula Grande. After falling and breaking his leg on the descent Joe is lowered down the mountain by his climbing partner Simon who is eventually faced with the heartrending decision of whether to cut the rope and almost certainly kill Joe or more than likely die as well. He cuts the rope, Joe survives the fall against all odds and what ensues over the next 3 days is one of the greatest survival stories in human history! Joe wrote a best selling book about he ordeal which was then turned into a BAFTA winning film and is now being done on stage for the first time!
Q: What is at the heart of Touching the Void?
Josh: At the heart of Touching the Void is a story of human fortitude and the will to survive in even the most bleak of situations. It’s a play about partnership and family, grief and loss and pushing the limits of exploration.
Q: Why should theatregoers make this a ‘must-see’ production
Josh: It’s a must see production because it’s daring, Tom Morris is known for staging the impossible, I mean who takes a story that centres around a 500 kilo animal and decides to put it on stage (Tom co-directed War Horse). And let’s face it, a story of a mountaineering disaster isn’t high on the list of “things that translate easily to stage”, but it works. It’s edge of your seat exciting and heartbreaking and life affirming. You’ve got to see it because it’s never been done before and it’s unlike almost anything you’ll see on stage.
TOUCHING THE VOID
Based on the book by Joe Simpson
Adapted by David Greig
Fiona Hampton will play Sarah.
Patrick McNamee will play Richard.
Josh Williams will play Joe.
Angus Yellowlees will play Simon.
Duke of York’s Theatre
St Martin’s Lane, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4BG
0844 871 7623
Saturday 9th November 2019 – Saturday 29th February 2020