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Feeling the Pressure at the Talisman

D-Days fate hangs in one forecast in ‘Pressure’ at the Talisman Theatre. (L-R; Dave Crossfield as Colonel Irving P. Krick, Phil Reynolds as General Eisenhower, David T Mears as Dr James Stagg). Photo credit: Photographer - Robert Warner. Picture composition - Lewis Sully.

Pressure by David Haig, at The Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth from Monday 15 April – Saturday 20 April. Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day Landing.

Preview by Sharon Sully.


As we approach the 80th anniversary of the historic D-Day Landing, the Kenilworth based community theatre is thrilled to announce its riveting stage production of ‘Pressure’ by David Haig. This compelling drama brings to life one of the most pivotal moments in history, exploring the intense pressures faced by those involved in planning and executing the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II.


Set against the backdrop of the harrowing events leading up to D-Day, ‘Pressure’ follows the story of meteorologist Dr James Stagg (played by David T Mears), whose critical role in advising General Eisenhower (played by Phil Reynolds), on weather conditions proved to be instrumental in the success of the operation. In direct conflict with Stagg’s weather predictions though, Einshower has to balance conflicting weather advice from Colonel Krick (played by Dave Crossfield), an American ‘celebrity’ weatherman who predicts sunshine. With the fate of thousands of lives hanging in the balance, Stagg must navigate conflicting forecasts and personal dilemmas to make the ultimate decision that will shape the course of history.

Be transported back to June 1944 at the Talisman. Photo by Robert Warner.


Directed by Michael Seeley, this gripping production promises to captivate audiences with its blend of historical events, human drama, and suspenseful storytelling. Ahead of its opening night on Monday 15th April, Michael comments; “They had just one chance at this almost exactly 80 years ago, and everything had to be right, including the weather. The correct final forecast was key to success. But this is not just a story of high stakes, tension and disagreements. It is also a moving human story about how real people coped with the pressures of war. There are some lighter moments too - it is truly a play that will make you laugh while bringing a tear to your eye.”


Audiences will be transported back to the tense atmosphere of June 1944, experiencing firsthand the monumental challenges faced by those tasked with orchestrating one of the largest amphibious assaults in history.


In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landing, the Talisman Theatre invites audiences to join them in honouring the bravery and sacrifice of the Allied forces through this poignant theatrical experience. As we reflect on the courage and resilience of those who fought for freedom, ‘Pressure’ serves as a timely reminder of the enduring legacy of D-Day and its significance in shaping the world we live in today.


Don't miss your chance to witness this suspenseful real-life drama on stage. The show runs from Monday 15 to Saturday 20 April at 7.30pm nightly. Tickets are now available via the website or by contacting Box Office direct on 01926 856548.




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