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David Haig to star in true wartime thriller Pressure - Park Theatre and on tour

David Haig's Pressure

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

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, where it runs from March 28 to April 28, 2018.

Seventy two 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 (General Eisenhower) and Laura Rogers (Kay Summersby).

John Dove directs.

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 and he wrote and starred alongside Daniel Radcliffe in My Boy Jack, which was made into a TV drama for ITV in 2007.

Malcolm 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’ theatre credits include: An Ideal Husband and Masterpieces (Royal Court), Blue Remembered Hills and Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (USA tour/Shakespeare’s Globe), The 39 Steps (West End), Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Bad Girls – The Musical (Garrick Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse). Her television credits include: EastEnders, New Tricks, Dates, Twelfth Night, Doctor Who and Bad Girls.

The cast also features Philip Cairns (as Colonel Irving P. Krick), Alister Cameron (Leigh Mallory), Robert Heard (Hamilton), Mark Jax (Spaatz/Franklin), Michael Mackenzie (Electrician/Admiral Bertram Ramsay), William Mannering (Lieutenant Battersby/Captain Johns) and Bert Seymour (Andrew).

Pressure is designed by Colin Richmond, with lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound by Philip Pinsky and video by Andrzej Goulding.

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 and Oliver Mackwood in association with Cambridge Arts Theatre and Park Theatre, presenting the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Chichester Festival Theatre production.

The tour opens at Cambridge Arts Theatre on February 1, 2018 before continuing to Edinburgh, Newcastle, Guildford, Cheltenham, Bath and Richmond (March 20 to March 24).