By David Haig
Directed by John Dove
A co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre

June 1944. One man's decision is about to change the course of history.

An intense real-life thriller centred around the most important weather forecast in the history of warfare.

Scottish meteorologist, Group Captain James Stagg, the 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 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.

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Cast and Credits


In order of appearance

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

Creative Team

Director - John Dove
Designer - Colin Richmond
LX Designer - Tim Mitchell
Deputy LX Designer - Guy Jones
Composer/Sound Design - Philip Pinsky
Video Designer - Andrzej Goulding 


Pressure - Trailer

June 1944. One man's decision is about to change the course of history.

Dates, Times & Prices

Running Time: 2hrs 25mins (including 20 min interval)

Programmes: £3 / £2.50 Lyceum Season Ticket holders
Playtexts: £5

Thursday 1 May, 7.45pm (Preview)
Friday 2 May, 7.45pm (Preview)
Saturday 3 May, 7.45pm (Preview)
Monday 5 May, 7.45pm (Preview)

Tuesday 6 May, 7.45pm 
Wednesday 7 May, 2.30pm
Wednesday 7 May, 7.45pm
Thursday 8 May, 7.45pm (Opening Night)
Friday 9 May, 7.45pm
Saturday 10 May, 2.30pm 
Saturday 10 May, 7.45pm

Tuesday 13 May, 7.45pm
Wednesday 14 May, 2.30pm
Wednesday 14 May 7.45pm 
Thursday 15 May, 7.45pm (Touch Tour, 6.30pm and Audio-described Performance)
Friday 16 May, 7.45pm
Saturday 17 May, 2.30pm (Touch Tour, 1.15pm and Audio-described Performance)
Saturday 17 May, 7.45pm

Tuesday 20 May, 7.45pm
Wednesday 21 May, 2.30pm
Wednesday 21 May, 7.45pm (BSL Interpreted Performance)
Thursday 22 May, 7.45pm
Friday 23 May, 7.45pm
Saturday 24 May, 2.30pm (Captioned Performance)
Saturday 24 May, 7.45pm



Grand Circle & Stalls PREMIUM SEATS: £27.50 - £30
Grand Circle & Stalls STANDARD SEATS: £25 - £27.50
Upper Circle STANDARD SEATS: £17 - £18
Restricted View Seats: £14


Grand Circle & Stalls PREMIUM SEATS: £22 - £24
Grand Circle & Stalls STANDARD SEATS: £20 - £22
Upper Circle STANDARD SEATS: £15 - £16
Restricted View Seats: £12

Preview performances

All seats £10, unreserved seating (no concessions)
A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings

Appropriate ID will be required to verify age or status.
Seniors and Arts Workers

£3 off full price tickets

Students, people with disabilities and under 18s

All seats £10
Student standby tickets £7.50 (Available on the day of the performance)
Wheelchair spaces available in Stalls Boxes
Assistants accompanying people with disabilities go free

Registered unemployed

All seats £10
Tuesday - Thursday: £5 Stalls tickets on the day (excluding Premium Seats, max 20 per show)

School discounts

Tuesday - Saturday: £8.50 (Stalls & Grand Circle), £7.50 (Upper Circle)
One teacher free with every ten pupils
Call our Groups and Schools booking line - 0131 248 4949
Discount not available on Premium Seats

Group discounts for 8 or more people

£5 off full price tickets (Stalls and Grand Circle) plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
£3 off full price tickets (Upper Circle) plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
Call our Groups and Schools booking line - 0131 248 4949
Discount not available on Premium Seats

Transaction Fee

A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings (excluding free events) to cover the service costs required to process a transaction
If you buy multiple tickets at the same time the fee will remain £1
Applies to all booking methods and forms of payment


Accessible performances for this production

Touch Tours for the visually impaired

  • Thursday 15 May, 6.30pm
  • Saturday 17 May, 1.15pm

Audio-described Performances

  • Thursday 15 May, 7.45pm
  • Saturday 17 May, 2.30pm

BSL Interpreted Performance

  • Wednesday 21 May, 7.45pm

Captioned Performance

  • Saturday 24 May, 2.30pm

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum


Access facilities at the Lyceum


  • Blue badge parking spaces directly opposite the theatre
  • Street level access to the Lyceum foyer

Front of House

  • Lifts to all levels
  • Front of House wheelchair available for audience use
  • Induction loop at Box Office
  • Accessible toilet in foyer


  • Infra red and radio headsets for hearing enhancement and audio-described performances
  • Assistance dogs welcome in auditorium or can be left with Front of House staff
  • Raised Stalls Boxes offers space for up to 27 people in wheelchairs/companions
  • Underlit row letters, tactile row markers and embroidered seats numbers
  • Booster cushions and footstools available
  • Induction loop permanently on

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum

Take Part

Creative Learning events for this production


Focus on: Pressure

Spend a relaxed but informative morning with local historian and theatre expert Owen Dudley Edwards as he discusses Pressure.

  • Wednesday 7 May, 10.30am
  • £6 per class
  • Includes coffee/tea

Post-show Discussion

  • Tuesday 13 May, after evening performance
  • FREE, unticketed

Theatre Discussion Group

Join facilitator Rod McAra for a friendly discussion.

  • Wednesday 21 May, after matinee performance
  • FREE, but ticketed

To book for ticketed events, please call 0131 248 4848 or book online.

(£1 transaction fee applies per booking)

Audience Feedback

Audience feedback for this production

This page is for  feedback from audience members, including comments from social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and also audience reviews.

If you would like to submit your own review of this production, please use the form on this page.


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Press Coverage


Click on the stars for full articles (some publications implement pay-walls)

"A thunderous piece of theatre."
Thom Dibdin, The Stage

"sharp, witty and affecting"
★★★★★ Clare Brennan, The Observer

"Haig's script quickly sets up the story and plunges into a fast paced, confident stride, pausing only briefly before an almighty storm."
★★★★★ Josie Balfour, Edinburgh Evening News

"David Haig’s new play creates a storm at the Lyceum!...Don’t miss it – no pressure!"
★★★★★ Irene Brown, Edinburgh Guide

"The play delights with its strong classical structure"
★★★★ Allan Radcliffe, The Times

"...a grippingly pacey adventure yarn..."
★★★★ Neil Cooper, The Herald

" won’t see anything to surpass Pressure in Scottish theatre this year..."
★★★★ Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

"A gripping play about a man under almost intolerable stress."
★★★★ Mure Dickie, Financial Times

"A performance of rare integrity and emotional depth"
★★★★ Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre

"Genuine edge of the seat drama with real heart and soul."
★★★★ Paul F Cockburn, Broadway Baby

"The intimacy generated by the cast draws the audience in to this little world that has such a great influence on the wider one, and I can safely say I have never been so eager for it to rain in the UK."
★★★★ Melissa Steel, Wow24/

"Tense, gripping and unflinching..."
★★★★ Amy Taylor, TV Bomb

"An exciting, dramatized, chronicle...Outstanding."
Alan Brown, Edinburgh 49

Preview Press

Read preview press for Pressure, just follow the links below:

- "The weather forecast that changed D-Day" BBC Scotland

- "the Scots weatherman who saved 500,000" Sunday Mail

- "Everything depended on getting the forecast right." The Scotsman

Listen to David on BBC Radio 4's 'Front Row'


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