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 will embark on a UK tour before transferring to London’s Park Theatre. The national press night will take place on Tuesday 3rd April, 7pm at Park Theatre, London.
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.
Pressure was originally commissioned by The Lyceum in 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. David Haig reprises his role as Group Captain James Stagg, alongside returning players Malcolm Sinclair and Laura Rogers, directed by John Dove. The tour will open at Cambridge Arts Theatre on 1 February 2018.
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). He is also an award-winning playwright. He wrote and starred alongside Daniel Radcliffe in My Boy Jack – which was made into a TV drama for ITV in 2007.
Malcolm Sinclair will reprise his role as General Eisenhower. Sinclair has performed extensively in leading roles with theatre companies such as the National Theatre and the RSC. He has performed widely, both in Britain and internationally. In 2001 he won the Clarence Derwent Award for his role as Gavin Ryng-Maine in the National Theatre’s production of House/Garden and was also nominated for an Olivier Award for best-supporting actor for his performance as Major Miles Flack in Privates on Parade.
Laura Rogers will reprise the role of Kay Summersby. Her theatre credits include: An Ideal Husband, Masterpieces (Royal Court), Blue Remembered Hills (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (USA Tour and Shakespeare’s Globe), The 39 Steps (West End), Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre), Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Bad Girls – The Musical (Garrick Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse). Her television credits include: EastEnders, New Tricks, Dates, Twelfth Night, Doctor Who and Bad Girls.
The national UK Tour is produced by The Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Cambridge Arts Theatre, presenting The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Chichester Festival Theatre production.
At Park Theatre, the production is produced by Jonathan Church Productions & Oliver Mackwood in association with Cambridge Arts Theatre and Park Theatre, presenting the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Chichester Festival Theatre production.
FULL CAST & CREATIVES
David Haig as Group Captain James Stagg
Malcolm Sinclair as General Eisenhower
Laura Rogers as Kay Summersby
Philip Cairns as Colonel Irving P.Krick
Alister Cameron as Leigh Mallory
Robert Heard as Hamilton
Mark Jax as Spaatz/Franklin
Michael Mackenzie as Electrician/Admiral Bertram Ramsay
William Mannering as Lieutenant Battersby/Captain Johns
Bert Seymour as Andrew
Written by David Haig
Directed by John Dove
Designed by Colin Richmond
Lighting by Tim Mitchell
Sound by Philip Pinsky
Video by Andrzej Goulding
Casting by Lisa Makin
Tour and Park Theatre dates
Park Theatre, London
PARK200, Park Theatre,
Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP
Wed 28 March – Sat 28 April 2018
Press night: Tue 3 Apr, 7pm
Cambridge Arts Theatre cambridgeartstheatre.com
Thu 1 – Sat 10 Feb 2018 Box Office: 01223 503 333
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh edtheatres.com
Tues 13– Sat 17 February 2018 Box Office: 0131 529 6000
Theatre Royal, Newcastle theatreroyal.co.uk
Tues 20 – Sat 24 February 2018 Box Office: 01325 405 405
Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Tues 27 February – Sat 3 March 2018 Box Office: 01483 440 000
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham everymantheatre.org.uk
Tues 6 – Sat 10 March 2018 Box Office: 01242 572 573
Theatre Royal, Bath theatreroyal.org.uk
Monday 12 – Sat 17 March 2018 Box Office: 01225 448 844
Richmond Theatre, Richmond atgtickets.com
Tues 20 – Sat 24 March 2018 Box Office: 0844 871 7651