Ambassadors Theatre, London
Pressure - Ambassadors Theatre, London
Age Restriction: 5+
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Over the years we have experienced many stories related to the D-Day Landings, whether on the stage, the screen or the page, but the latest show coming to the Ambassadors Theatre delves behind the scenes of those events, looking at the tense discussions that preceded the 1944 assault and providing a tense and compelling story in the process.
Pressure, written by the well known actor David Haig, follows the efforts of RAF Meteorologist Group Captain James Stagg to make his case ahead of what was also known as Operation Neptune. He appears alongside Laura Rogers, with Malcolm Sinclair as General Eisenhower, with all three performers also playing the roles at the show’s previous locations.
The D-Day Landings are an integral part of history, marking a huge turning point for the Allies on the Western Front during the Second World War. But before it took place some important decisions needed to be made, with bad weather capable of derailing the whole process. So Stagg’s determination that the landings needed to be postponed were a big deal and whilst he made his case there were those that didn’t share his prognosis. All in all, hundreds of thousands of lives hung in the balance.
Stagg’s ultimate victory in convincing Eisenhower to change the date of the assault is remembered today, meaning that he was later decorated with many honours and was later elected President of the Royal Meteorological Society. He was also portrayed on the big screen in films like The Longest Day, ensuring his legacy lives on.
And this is reflected in the popularity of Pressure during its previous appearances around the country, where David Haig played the real life figure with great success. Haig is best known, of course, for his screen roles in The Thin Blue Line, Four Weddings And A Funeral and The Witness For The Prosecution, but his stage career has included gems like Yes, Prime Minister at the Gielgud Theatre and The Madness Of King George III at the Apollo Theatre, amongst many others.
He appears in Pressure at the Ambassadors Theatre when the ongoing production of All Or Nothing: The Mod Musical finishes its run in the summer. It opens on Wednesday 6th June 2018.
Show & Venue InformationAmbassadors Theatre
Wednesday, 06 June 2018
Saturday, 01 September 2018
2hr 30min (including interval)