Touching the Void - On demand run announced

27 May 2021

After overwhelming response to Touching The Void live-stream, Bristol Old Vic announces show will extend - with a further week On-Demand.

Bristol Old Vic's live-broadcast of Touching the Void reopened the theatre this week after 6months of lockdown. The run, for 4 nights only, unites the Bristol Old Vic's in-theatre audience with a global audience, thanks to a live-broadcast  - using multi-camera techniques and surround sound technology.

Due to a phenomenal response to the live-broadcast, Bristol Old Vic today announced an extension to the show's run. You asked us to bring you the show on demand, so you can watch it at leisure, so that's what we've done. From today, you can purchase it in advance and watch any day you like from 2 - 8 Jun, by visiting

Directed by Tony Award-winning Tom Morris (War Horse) and based on Joe Simpson’s bestselling memoir turned BAFTA-winning film, David Greig’s thrilling adaptation charts this astonishing feat of human endurance. Life-affirming and often darkly funny, Touching the Void takes the audience on an epic adventure that asks how far you’d be willing to go to survive.

While theatre-goers are desperate to return to live theatre, Bristol Old Vic’s mission has been to create the same feeling for people watching at home as they would get from a night out at the theatre. This led to the ambitious project of creating a bespoke sound-stage in its 255yr old auditorium which not only created the atmosphere of being in a theatre, but transported viewers to the mountain itself -from anywhere in the world.

Theatre's across the UK, in USA and Canada are selling tickets to their audiences in a global partnership with venues including: Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Oxford Playhouse, The Lowry, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Birmingham Rep, Eden Court, Barn Theatre, Fuel, Horsecross Arts Perth, Aberdeen Performing Arts, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Sheffield Theatres, Royal & Derngate Northampton, Soulpepper Toronto and NYU Skirball.


Bristol Old Vic is the longest continuously running theatre in the UK, and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2016. The historic playhouse aims to inspire audiences with its own original productions, both at home and on tour, whilst nurturing the next generation of artists, whether that be through their 350-strong Young Company, their many outreach and education projects or their trailblazing artist development programme, Bristol Ferment.

They use their funding to support experiment and innovation, to allow access to their programme for people who would not otherwise encounter it, or be able to afford it, and to keep their extraordinary heritage alive and animated.

On 24 Sep 2018, Bristol Old Vic completed its 2-year multi-million pound redevelopment project, which transformed its front of house space into a warm and welcoming public building for all of Bristol to enjoy, created a new studio theatre and opened up its unique theatrical heritage to the public for the first time.

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