Pressure at Ambassadors Theatre tickets
Pressure at Ambassadors Theatre tickets

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Overview

Olivier Award-winning actor and playwright David Haig brings his successful Second World War thriller Pressure to the West End. After a successful run at the Park Theatre, the production marks the 74th anniversary of the D-Day landings and follows the remarkable, true story of the Allied meteorologists responsible for predicting the conditions.

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: No under 5's

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 07 Jun 2018
Press night: 12 Jun 2018
Booking from: 01 Sep 2018
Booking until: 01 Sep 2018

Location and map

Ambassadors Theatre
West Street
London, WC2H 9ND

120 Reviews Add review

I thoroughly enjoyed Pressure. It has a great mix of historical fact, drama and poignancy mixed with enough moments of humour to s... More

Showgal 5"6", 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Play was fab! The content, acting, scenery stark but perfect for the play set, all just spot on and made the show perfect.

pamelarussell1 1 review, 0 helpful votes

The play was gripping from beginning to end. Very well written and the main characters well contrasted. And very well acted. Davi... More

annfuller 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Enjoyed this play on a weekend up from Devon. We usually see a musical but decided to try a play instead. Small, intimate theatre ... More

lindabrannan 1 review, 0 helpful votes

2nd time I’ve seen Pressure this summer. Absolutely riveting. Daniel Craig as the Scots meteorologist was outstanding as was Malco... More

rogerbuchdahl 1 review, 0 helpful votes

The play was superb. The level of tension about the outcome was skilfully maintained and the interplay between the characters utte... More

suzypowling 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Acting was very good, the characters were believable and the frenetic activity of the time before 'D' day came over well. The set ... More

jeanlear 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I’m an Australian, was only briefly in London, happened across this play only because managed to get a booking in The Ivy, otherwi... More

susanrigney 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I hadn't realised weather could be so interesting!

palelylaura 5'10", 107 reviews, 8 helpful votes