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About the showAward-winning actor and playwright David Haig brings his thrilling wartime drama Pressure to the West End, following a successful prior run at the Park Theatre. Originally commissioned by the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, the production premiered in 2014 and its revival marks the 74th anniversary of the fateful D-Day landings.
Playing a limited season at the Ambassadors Theatre, the play takes place in 1944 and is based on the true story of the Allied meteorologists whose weather predictions forecasted the future of D-Day. With a mere 72 hours to go before the event, Scottish meteorologist Group Captain James Stagg faces off with Hollywood media consultant Irving P. Krick in a decision that could change the course of history.
With Stagg predicting severe storms and Krick preaching sun and beautiful weather, the pair must inform General Eisenhower of the correct conditions before it’s too late. As the stakes become higher and higher, the future of Britain, Europe and the United States rests on their final decision.
Olivier Award-winner David Haig stars as Group Captain James Stagg, as well as writing the piece. Haig is best-known for his roles on screen in Four Weddings and a Funeral and The Thin Blue Line, as well as recent stage credits including Guys and Dolls. Further casting includes Malcolm Sinclair (Privates on Parade) as General Eisenhower and Laura Rogers (The 39 Steps) as Kay Summersby, as well as Andrew MacBean, Bert Seymour, David Killick, Mark Jax, Mark Kitto, Molly Roberts, Philip Cairns, Robert Heard and William Mannering.
Pressure is directed by John Dove (Farinelli and the King) and features design by Colin Richmond, lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound by Philip Pinsky and video design by Andrzej Goulding. The production is produced by Jonathan Church Productions, Jenny King and Oliver Mackwood Ltd.
Documenting the little-known story of the unsung heroes of the 20th century, Pressure is the Second World War drama that is guaranteed to be a thrilling insight into the war. The production plays at London’s Ambassadors Theatre from June 6th to September 1st 2018, with an official opening June 12th 2018.
Who Should See It?History fans and those fascinated by the D-Day landings will be enthralled by this educative production, starring a theatre and screen legend.
Pressure may not be suitable for young children.