D Day, June 1944. 350,000 lives depend on the most important weather forecast of all time.
Based on the remarkable real-life tale of two warring Allied meteorologists tasked with predicting the weather conditions for the D Day landings, David Haig’s acclaimed play Pressure receives it’s West End premiere at The Ambassadors Theatre.
David Haig is a five-time nominee and Olivier Award-winning actor best known for his roles in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, TV series The Thin Blue Line and stage production of The Madness of King George III (Tour and West End).
Pressure is booking until 1 September 2018 at The Ambassadors Theatre, London.
WHAT’S THE STORY
72 hours prior to the D Day landings, Scottish meteorologist, Group Captain James Stagg, advises General Eisenhower on the weather conditions likely to prevail when 350,000 troops are to be sent across the Channel in Operation Overlord.
With Stagg predicting severe storms and Irving P. Krick – Hollywood’s meteorological movie consultant – predicting beautiful weather, the future of Britain, Europe and the United States rests on one single forecast.
WHO’S IN IT?: PRESSURE CAST
The cast features Olivier Award-winning actor David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Madness of King George) as James Stagg, Malcolm Sinclair (Privates on Parade) as Eisenhower, and Laura Rogers as Kay Summersby (An Ideal Husband, Masterpieces), Eisenhower’s secretary.
Completing the cast are Andrew MacBean, Bert Seymour, David Killick, Mark Jax, Mark Kitto, Molly Roberts, Philip Cairns, Robert Heard and William Mannering.
Written by David Haig with direction by John Dove, set and costume design by Colin Richmond, lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Philip Pinsky and video design by Andrzej Goulding.
★★★★ “David Haig takes us into the eye of the D-day storm.. in a show with a powerful contemporary resonance” The Guardian
★★★★ “a gripping drama” Financial Times
★★★★ “tense, funny and moving” The Independent
★★★★ “gripping” Daily Express
★★★★ “David Haig shines in splendidly written D-Day play” Evening Standard
Running Time: 2 hours 35 minutes (One interval)
Venue InformationAmbassadors Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9ND
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
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