Pressure – In Every Sense of the Word

The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and Chichester Festival Theatre present the World Première of PRESSURE, a new play by David Haig, directed by John Dove.

It’s June 1944 and one man’s decision is about to change the course of history. This is an intense real-life thriller centred on the most important weather forecast in the history of warfare. Scottish meteorologist, Group Captain James Stagg (played by David Haig), son of a Dalkeith plumber, must advise General Eisenhower on when to give the order to send thousands of waiting troops across the Channel in Operation Overlord.

In what became the most volatile period in the British Isles for over 100 years, the future of Britain, Europe and our relationship with the United States, rested on the shoulders of one reluctant Scotsman.

Pressure is the extraordinary and little known story of a Scot who changed the course of war, and our lives, forever.

David Haig is a four 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 The Thick of It and stage production The Madness of King George III (National Theatre). 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 Granada in 2007.

David Haig says, “My play is about a forgotten hero. A Scottish meteorologist, modest, tenacious and brilliant, who helped to save Europe in 1944. I’m absolutely thrilled that this Scottish story is to open at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh. “

The cast features David Haig as Captain James Stagg, Malcolm Sinclair as General Dwight D “Ike” Eisenhower, Tim Beckmann as Colonel Irving P. Krick, Laura Rogers as Kay Summersby, Anthony Bowers as Lieutenant Battersby and Captain Johns, Alister Cameron as Air Chief Marshall Trafford Leigh- Mallory, Gilly Gilchrist as Commander Franklin and General “Tooey” Spaatz, Scott Gilmour as Young Naval Rating, Robert Jack as Andrew, Michael Mackenzie as Electrician and Admiral Bertram “Bertie” Ramsay.

The creative team is led by Lyceum Associate Artist and award-winning director John Dove (Of Mice and Men, View From The Bridge, All My Sons, The Man Who Had All The Luck) who directs the show. Design will be from Colin Richmond (Lieutenant of Inishmore, Of Mice and Men) alongside innovative video design from Designer and Video Artist Andrzej Goulding (Union) .Philip Pinsky also returns as Sound Designer and Composer (Union and Dark Road) alongside Lighting Design by Tim Mitchell (A Dolls House).

Pressure is a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre where the show will run from 30 May to 28th June 2014.


DATES: 1-24 MAY 2014

EVENINGS Tuesday- Saturday, 7.45pm £14- £27.50

MATINEES Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2.30pm £12 – £22

Booking: 0131 248 4848 /

Recommended for ages 12+

Supplementary Events

Focus On. Learn more about the play or playwright with local historian Owen Dudley Edwards.

Wednesday 7 May at 10.30am Tickets: £6 (includes coffee/tea)

Post-show Discussion Join us in the Stalls post-show to meet the cast and director.

Tuesday 13 May after the evening performance FREE! No ticket required

 Theatre Discussion Group

Join facilitator Rod McAra for a friendly discussion of the play you’ve seen that day or previously.

Wednesday 21 May after the matinee FREE! But ticket required

 Touch Tours for visually impaired

Thursday 15 May at 6.30pm and Saturday 17 May at 1.15pm

Audio-described Performances

Thursday 15 May at 7.45pm and Saturday 17 May at 2.30pm

BSL Interpreted Performance

Wednesday 9 April at 7.45pm

Captioned Performance

Saturday 24 May at 2.30pm

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