Currently playing at the Park Theatre, it has been announced that John Dove’s production will transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre from the 6th June.
Written and starring David Haig, Pressure is based on the true story of two warring Allied meteorologists tasked with predicting the weather conditions for the D-Day landings and will play at the Ambassadors Theatre from the 6th June until the 1st September.
News of the transfer follows the play’s success at the Chichester Festival Theatre, a UK tour and a run at the Park Theatre and will see David Haig reprising his role as Group Captain James Stagg, alongside Malcolm Sinclair as General Eisenhower and Laura Rogers as Kay Summersby, with further casting to be announced.
Talking about the news, David Haig said: ” I am absolutely thrilled that Pressure is transferring to the West End on 6 June. 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.”
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.
The play was originally commissioned by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh as a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre. The production premiered at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in 2014, followed by a run at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Pressure features design by Colin Richmond, lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound by Philip Pinsky and video by Andrzej Goulding. It is produced by Jonathan Church Productions, Jenny King & Oliver Mackwood Ltd.