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Ambassadors Theatre.

Ambassadors Theatre.
West Street

Seating Plan


(5mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square until St Martin’s Lane, where you head left up to West Street. The theatre’s on your left past St Martin’s Theatre.


74 years ago the shape of the Second World War was changed permanently by the D-Day Landings in Normandy, which saw the largest invasion by sea that the world has ever known.

Now, just as the West End has been welcoming a range of shows to mark the centenary of the First World War, the anniversary of what was also known as Operation Neptune during the Second World War is marked at the Ambassadors Theatre with the play Pressure. It delves into a rarely-told story behind the scenes of the Normandy Assault, as an RAF meteorologist makes a world-changing decision.

That RAF meteorologist was Group Captain James Stagg, who was credited with changing the mind of General Eisenhower as to the launch date of the assault, and he will be played on the stage of the Ambassadors by David Haig, who also wrote the script to this acclaimed play. He stars alongside Malcolm Sinclair as General Eisenhower in a production that will be both tense and compelling.

So we witness the struggle as Stagg predicts bad weather, which could severely hamper the D-Day Landings and whilst it is ultimately Eisenhower’s decision, there are those that do not share his views. A wrong decision, meanwhile, could cost hundreds of thousands of lives.

James Stagg has been portrayed in popular culture on previous occasions, with the recent film Churchill (in which Brian Cox played the former Prime Minister) featuring his presence alongside the 60s film The Longest Day. He was a member of the Royal Air Force, was awarded many honours and was also the President of the Royal Meteorological Society later in his life.

And he is portrayed by David Haig at the Ambassadors, having also been portrayed by the talented actor in its previous stagings at the Chichester Festival Theatre, the Park Theatre and at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. Haig is known for roles in shows like Yes, Prime Minister at Chichester and the Gielgud Theatres, The Madness Of King George III at the Apollo Theatre and films like Four Weddings And A Funeral.

Pressure is the latest play to appear at the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre and arrives there after All or Nothing: The Mod Musical. It opens there on Wednesday 6th June 2018.

Show Information
Booking From: Friday, 24th August 2018
Booking Until: Saturday, 1st September 2018
Show Status: This production is closed
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