Three days before the D-Day landings, General Eisenhower consults two meteorologists on the weather conditions at Normandy. Group Captain James Stagg predicts terrible storms, whilst Hollywood’s media consultant Irving P. Krick says there will be glorious sunshine and calm seas. With the future of the world hinging on this single forecast, the General must get it right.
Pressure originally premiered at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh in 2014, then went to Chichester Festival Theatre before embarking on a national tour. After a limited run at Finsbury Park’s Park Theatre, the show receives a transfer to the West End’s newly rebranded Ambassadors Theatre for a limited run.
David Haig has both written the play and stars as Group Captain James Stagg. Haig is best-known for his work in film and television, with credits including Four Weddings and a Funeral and Doctor Who. As a playwright, he has written My Boy Jack and The Good Samaritan, both of which premiered at Hampstead Theatre. Further casting includes Malcolm Sinclair as General Eisenhower and Laura Rogers 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.
John Dove (Farinelli and the King, Two-Way Mirror) directs, with creatives including designer Colin Richmond, lighting designer Tim Mitchell, sound designer Philip Pinsky and video designer Andrzej Goulding. The production is produced by Jonathan Church Productions, Jenny King and Oliver Mackwood Ltd.
This tense, thrilling play documents one of the civilised world’s most crucial moments and has received critical acclaim since its opening in 2014. Though there are numerous World War II plays out there, this one has proved it has real staying power having sold countless tickets. Pressure plays at the Ambassadors Theatre, with tickets available from 6 June to 1 September 2018, with a press night on 12 June 2018.
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including an interval)
Age recommendation: No under 5's
Special notice: History buffs, those interested in WWII thrillers and audiences who want a dash of something more serious over the summer will want to get tickets this new play.