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Discover the three days that could potentially have changed the course of the history of Europe, and the United States of America. Follow the steps of Group Captain James Stagg and his meteorologists as they attempted to predict the precarious weather conditions and whether the Allied Forces must go ahead with Operation Overlord.

Why Watch Pressure

The compelling play is ironically based on perhaps the most British of subjects possible, the weather. An American and Englishman, both meteorologists, are pitted against each other, and they must give General Eisenhower an answer. Writer and Oliver Award-winning actor David Haig is the star of Pressure, and he puts up an incredible performance as Captain James Stagg. The World War 2 drama is aptly titled, and the pressure is palpable throughout the 2-hour plus show. You can feel the tension in the air as David Haig, in the avatar of James Stagg, is trying to run the calculations and give a conclusive report to Eisenhower. John Dove, the director, does an incredible job in always keeping the audience at the edge of their seats. What is perhaps most shocking is that the majority of the play takes place in a single room!

The Story

June 1944. The Allied Forces have rallied all their men, and are ready to strike into the heart of the opponent. The decision of one man could change the course of history. Surprisingly, it is that of Scottish meteorologist James Stagg, who is sent to Southwick House in Portsmouth. Here he must advise General Eisenhower on the time to give the order that would send thousands of men across the English Channel. Called Operation Overlord, it was one of the most chaotic and volatile months in over a 100 years on Britain, and the future of Europe and the United States lay on the shoulders of a hesitant Scotsman. The story follows his prediction along with another meteorologist, as they contend and attempt to predict the weather during the infamous Normandy Landings. The story unfolds in a single room, and the weight of their decision makes both the meteorologists question themselves and each other. The original plan is for the Normandy Landings to occur on the 5th of June, and the countdown begins from the 2nd of June. Over the course of three days, James Stagg must be able to advise Eisenhower about the weather confidently and if any changes in the plans must be made. Almost 350,000 lives are at stake, and a mistake would be extremely costly, both in life and in the overall war efforts.

Good for

History Buffs | First-time West End Goers | Fans of Historical Dramas

Critics Reviews

“D-Day thriller is vivid despite the British weather.”
- London Evening Standard

“Haig has fashioned a fascinating play from a hitherto overlooked aspect of the Allied campaign.”
- Express UK

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

Monday - Saturday 7:30 PM
Thursday & Saturday 3 PM

2 hours and 30 minutes, including 1 interval

Leading Roles
David Haig as Group Captain James Stagg
Malcolm Sinclair as General Eisenhower
Laura Rogers as Kay Summersby
Michael Mackenzie as Bertram Ramsay

Directed by
John Dove

Written by
David Haig

Additional Information

Suitable for ages 8 and up. Please note those under 5 will not be admitted into the theatre.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair accessible
In-house bar

The Ambassadors Theatre has a seating capacity of 444.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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