Starring: David Haig, Malcolm Sinclair, Laura Rogers
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The scene? D-Day 1944. The play? Pressure. The venue? The Ambassadors theatre. June 2018 sees a true story take to the stage, a tale that has already thrilled audiences at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh.
The Telegraph says this is a "Funny, tense and deeply affecting" play. The Evening Standard and Observer have both given it five stars and the Daily Mail concurs, calling it “thrilling”. With 350,000 lives at stake, it's crucial to get the weather forecast right – will they pull it off?
In June 1944 the allied forces, led by General Eisenhower, are about to launch. But the attack will fail unless the weather forecast is exactly right, and the conditions perfect. The fate of the free world is at stake, Hitler is still at large, and this is without a doubt the most important weather forecast of all time.
The Olivier Award-winner David Haig plays the Scottish meteorologist, Group Captain James Stagg, the man whose job it was to keep the military informed about the weather for the D-Day landings. The play covers a tense 72 hour period at the Allied Expeditionary Force's HQ, where Operation Overlord, the codename for the battle of Normandy, is being organised.
The play is also written by Haig, clearly a seriously talented chap. And the date of the play's transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre is highly significant too - 6th June 2018 is the 74th anniversary of the landings.
The show runs until 1st September. It's beautifully directed by John Dove. Malcolm Sinclair plays General Eisenhower and Laura Rogers portrays Kay Summersby. Designs come from Colin Richmond, the lighting is by Tim Mitchell, the sound is by Philip Pinsky, the video design comes from Andrzej Goulding and the casting is by Lisa Makin.
When announcing the West End transfer, Haig said: “What sublime timing that my play about the weather forecaster for D-Day, will open on the 74th anniversary of the D-Day invasions. The play has been profoundly fulfilling to write and perform. It's about one of the great unsung heroes of the 20th century and I'm so proud that his story will now be available to a West End audience. I couldn't be more excited.”
Who is this show for?
Anyone who is old enough to appreciate the implications of this very special weather forecast will enjoy this exceptional play, full of life and wonderfully tense.
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What to expect:Acting
based on 20 reviews
This is a play not to be missed and I am so pleased I found it at the last minute. Brilliant acting and very interesting story line brought a historical D Day Landing to life and the incredible difficulties of making theses momentous decisions. Haven't seen anything as good since Copenhagen
Sidney London Box Office customer
Ece London Box Office customer
Very enjoyable.and gripping
An absorbing story at both the human and historic level, as Eisenhower and weather interact with the WW2 D-Day landing go-ahead.
Bryan London Box Office customer
Researched and dramatic performance of little-known part of history
Really enjoyed this and very cleverly done, am so glad Mr Haig adapted this story for the stage. It’s a great story, and very tense and dramatic. His acting as James Stagg stole the show.
Elizabeth London Box Office customer
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Lucy London Box Office customer
Will Mannering did very well filling in for David Haig. Shame they didn’t source a uniform that fitted him though! Lovely small old theatre but lacks legroom.
Elizabeth London Box Office customer
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Katherine London Box Office customer
A Great night out
Characterful intimate theatre, with great visibility even in the cheaper seats. Super friendly + helpful staff.
Richard London Box Office customer
Absolutely brilliant - a faultless performance
An overlooked piece of history brought to life by the great script and wonderful performances from the cast.
Paul London Box Office customer
Very interesting for myself on this little know aspect of D Day....That said might have been a bit heavy on meterological info for some people.....woman in front of me was falling asleep!!
David London Box Office customer
How to make history interesting! Great show highlighting a pivotal decision in 20th century history.
Martin London Box Office customer
Star's one of Britan's finest actors
Julia London Box Office customer
History brought to life
Great acting brought to life an historic event in which an expert was instrumental in determining its success. So refreshing in this age of ignorance!
Iain London Box Office customer
Sara London Box Office customer
Great story and acting
Sasi London Box Office customer
05 Apr 2018
Set in June 1944 ‘Pressure’ follows the lead up to the D-Day landings, and one man’s decision that determines the course of history; the unknown but pivotal role of James Stagg, the ‘weatherman’. First presented as a co-production between The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Chichester Festival Theatre in 2014 the production has now been revived at The Park Theatre in their biggest space: The Park 200.
Laura Rogers and David Haig in Pressure
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West Street, London, WC2H 9ND
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- Capacity: 400
- Year built: 1913