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The Peruvian Andes. Joe Simpson and Simon Yates struggle to survive as they explore the Siula Grande.
I think your site is very good. Went to see Touching the Void on Saturday 30th November 2019. Not bad but not great. “Where’s Jo?”, “He’s dead.” Similar to the acting then!
The main problem is the seating though. I was in L7 in the stalls. The rake is low at the Duke of York’s and the offset is very little and so you can’t see the stage properly. This is exacerbated for 'Touching the Void,' where a lot of the action is on the stage floor and all you can see is the head of the person in front. My partner was in L6. Exactly the same problem. Very frustrating and poor.
There was someone tall in front but I moved to L5 and it wasn’t much better. The offset in this area is just not good. But the problem was made a lot worse as in the play Joe Simpson breaks his leg and so is lying on the stage floor for quite a lot of the time and you couldn’t see properly. The stage needs to be higher for this play. It’d be like going to see 'Riverdance,' but you can only see the top half of the dancers!
A theatrically inventive, different take on Joe Simpson’s survival story. Less of a focus on his relationship with Simon and more an exploration into his mind, dreams and relationship with his sister.
With chairs, tables and other pub paraphernalia we are asked to imagine the landscape (by narrator Richard, a far more entertaining character in this fictionalised version), along with appealing characterisation from Joe, Simon and the sister (a sort of narrative device because she exists only in Jose’s head) until a papier-mâché mountain rises up like a giant climbing frame to add to the intensity.
The whole effect is surprisingly atmospheric and extremely tense (even though we know the ending). Maybe not for purists or real fans of the previous formats. But to me, and effective worthwhile retelling of an amazing story.
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Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Runs 2 hours 25 minutes approximately.
Theatres use "dynamic pricing." Seat prices change according to demand for a particular performance. Prices below were compiled as booking originally opened. Current prices are advised at time of enquiry.
Rows A to Q: £65 except:
"Premium Seats" row E 8 to 17; F 7 to 16; G 5 to 14; H to K 7 to 16: £85
"Premium Package Seats" row D 7 to 16: £90
Restricted view seats rows C to F 1 and 2; C 16, 17; D 19, 20; E and F 20, 21: £15
Rows R to T: £55
Row U: £45
Rows A to E: £65 except:
"Premium Seats" row A 5 to 14; B 7 to 16: £85
Restricted view seats row B 1, 2, 21, 22; C 2, 3, 22, 23; D 1, 2, 17, 18: £35
Row F: £55
Row A 4 to 16; B 8 to 17: £55
Row C 7 to 17: £45
Row A 3, 17, 18; B 4 to 7, 18, 19: C 5, 6, 19, 20; D 5 to 19; E 5 to 18: £35
Row A 1, 2, 19, 20; B 1 to 3, 20 to 24; C 1 to 4, 21 to 25; D 1 to 4, 20 to 23; E 1 to 4, 19 to 22; F to H: £15
E and F: £55 per seat.
K, L, N, O: £35 per seat.
Day Seats: 10 seats in stalls row BB (the front row), are available to personal callers at the box office from 10am, priced £15 each every day. Limited to maximum of 2 per person in the queue. Check with the box office before travelling if a day seat policy is still in operation.
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