D Day, June 1944. 350,000 lives depend on the most important weather forecast of all time
David Haig’s acclaimed play Pressure will embark on a UK tour before transferring to London’s Park Theatre, it has been announced.
The wartime thriller is based on the remarkable real-life tale of two warring Allied meteorologists tasked with predicting the weather conditions for the D Day landings,
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 in February.
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.
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) and The 39 Steps (West End).
The remaining cast is Philip Cairns, Alister Cameron, Robert Heard, Mark Jax, Michael Mackenzie, William Mannering and Bert Seymour.
2018 Tour Dates
February 1-10, Cambridge Arts Theatre February 13-17, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh February 20-24, Theatre Royal,Newcastle February 27-March 3, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford March 6-10, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham March 12-17, Theatre Royal, Bath March 20-24, Richmond Theatre March 28-April 28, Park Theatre, London.