Casting announced for the West End transfer of Tom Morris' Touching the Void

15 Jul 2019

Casting has today been announced for Touching the Void. Following critically acclaimed runs at Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Hong Kong Arts Festival and on Tour in the UK, Tom Morris’ production of Touching the Void will star Fiona Hampton, Patrick McNamee, Josh Williams and Angus Yellowlees. The show will open in the West End at the Duke of York’s Theatre previewing from November 9th for a strictly limited season with an opening night of November 14th.

Fiona Hampton will play Sarah. Her theatre credits include: Much Ado About Nothing(Shakespeare’s Globe); Tamburlaine (Yellow Earth/Arcola Theatre and UK tour); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Wolsey Theatre); Private Lives (Octagon Theatre/New Victoria Theatre); Winter HillThe Glass MenagerieTullOf Mice and MenLighthearted Intercourse (all Octagon Theatre); Don’t Laugh (Cockpit Theatre); Playhouse Creatures (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Changeling (The Production Works/Southwark Playhouse); RoarClockheart Boy (Rose Theatre Kingston); The Merchant of Venice (Derby LIVE). Film includes: The Good NeighbourRevolutionKingsman: Secret ServiceThe WindmillLegacy. Television includes: The Collection(Amazon Prime/BBC Worldwide); Switch (ITV); Holby City (BBC); The Sarah Jane Adventures (DW Productions).
Patrick McNamee will play Richard. His theatre credits include: French Without Tears(Orange Tree Theatre); The History Boys (Selladoor); Sweeney ToddA Few Good MenLove and a BottleThe Way of the WorldThree SistersHamletWomen Beware WomenIona RainFor Services Rendered (all LAMDA). Film includes: The Invisible Hours (VR project). Television includes: Series regular on Our GirlInspector George Gently (BBC).
Josh Williams will play Joe. His 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 InformationOur 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: DoctorsMay DayHolby City (BBC); Agatha Raison (Sky One); Midsomer MurdersLaw and Order (ITV).
Angus Yellowlees will play Simon. Angus trained at LAMDA graduating in 2017 where credits whilst training included Bury FairHobson’s Choice and The Cherry Orchard.
Screen credits include The Last Commanders (BBC) and We Have Everywhere To Go(NFTS). Radio work includes The Balloaloes and The Gnats. Angus is originally from the Scottish Borders and is a keen climber. Touching the Void will be his professional stage debut.
Bristol Old Vic's Tom Morris (War Horse, Swallows & Amazons,) directs the first stage version of Touching the Void, adapted by The Lyceum's David Greig (The Events, The Suppliant Women, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) from the award-winning memoir by Joe Simpson, which also became a BAFTA-winning film. They are joined by Designer Ti Green, Sound Designer and Composer Jon Nicholls, Lighting Designer Chris Davey, Movement Director Sasha Milavic Davies and with casting by Jill Green CDG. 

This production marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir, charting his extraordinary struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes. Alongside this struggle is the appalling dilemma of his climbing partner Simon Yates, perched on an unstable snow-cliff, clinging onto the rope tying him to the severely injured Joe. Unable to recover Joe from the void, Simon is faced with the agonising decision to cut the rope that binds them…

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