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Touching the Void returns as Bristol Old Vic announces 2019 winter and spring season

The hit adaptation of Joe Simpson's memoir is returning the venue where it first premiered

Josh Williams in Touching the Void
© Geraint Lewis

Bristol Old Vic has announced a variety of touring and new shows that will run as part of its winter and spring 2019 season.

Touching the Void, which originally premiered at the venue earlier this year, will return for another run from 19 to 23 March. Adapted by David Greig with direction by Bristol Old Vic artistic director Tom Morris, the show is based on Joe Simpson's memoir and time spent stranded on the side of a mountain.

Matthew Xia's production of One Night in Miami, about Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown, will run at the venue from 25 to 29 June. The new revival of the piece will originally run at Nottingham Playhouse earlier in 2019.

Other highlights in the season include two runs for Headlong's previously announced production of Richard III, directed by John Haidar and starring Tom Mothersdale (Peaky Blinders). Sabrina Mahfouz's adaptation of Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses will run from 12 to 16 March, while Gecko will return with their show Institute from 26 to 30 March.

The new front of the Bristol Old Vic
© Jon Craig

Ned Bennett's new staging of Shaffer's Equus will come to the venue from 16 to 20 April, while from 2 to 18 May the new UK tour of Inua Ellams' Barber Shop Chronicles will run at the venue after its critically acclaimed spell at the National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse. Little Angel Theatre and Royal and Derngate will co-produce Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks' The Singing Mermaid from 22 to 24 February.

Out of Joint and Royal and Derngate's stage production of Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day will run from 21 to 25 May, while Metta Theatre's hip-hop musical of Wind in the Willows (entitled In the Willows) runs from 29 May to 1 June.

Kneehigh's Dead Dog in a Suitcase will return for a new UK tour, stopping off at the Old Vic from 2 to 13 July and directed by Mike Shepherd.

The Weston Studio's first major production of 2019 will be Chinonyerem Odimba's Princess and the Hustler, directed by Dawn Walton. Set in Bristol in 1963 and co-produced with Eclipse Theatre and Hull Truck Theatre, the piece explores civil rights activism in 1960s Britain.

Also running in the Weston Studio across the season will be The Wardrobe Ensemble's 1972: The Future of Sex and their newly devised adaptation of Hercules.

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