Jermyn Street Theatre presents
The REBELS Season
BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR
by John Gray with Eric Peterson
DIRECTED BY JIMMY WALTERS
Designer Daisy Blower
Lighting Designer Arnim Friess
Sound Designer Dinah Mullen
Musical Director Adam Gerber
Canada 1914. Billy Bishop signs up to fight in Europe and is soon in a military training camp. But one day, he spots a single-seater plane circling overhead. Overcoming intense prejudice and astonishing danger, Billy becomes the most successful fighter pilot of his generation.
This play with songs explores the complexities of heroism, the cost of war, and Britain’s colonial past. Billy Bishop goes to War is a true story. A deceptively simple and totally gripping theatrical experience.
Billy Bishop Charles Aitken
Older Billy Bishop Oliver Beamish
★★★★★ “SUPERB” Skylark
★★★★ “BEAUTIFUL” The Stage
★★★★ “ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL” Theatre Box
★★★★ “CAPTIVATING” Broadway World
★★★★ “EXCELLENT” Everything Theatre
★★★★ “EXTRAORDINARY” Act Drop
★★★★ “REMARKABLE” The Reviews Hub
★★★★ “A PLEASURE” Musical Theatre Review
★★★★ “POIGNANTLY BEAUTIFUL” Libby Purves, Theatre Cat
★★★★ “CHARLES AITKEN SHINES” Entertainment Focus
★★★★ “SKILFULLY DIRECTED” Reviewsgate
★★★★ “IT’S STAGED SO WELL “ithank you theatre”
★★★★ “YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT. GO, GO, GO” Last Minute Theatre
Praise for Billy Bishop Goes to War
A GEM OF THEATRICALITY. OFTEN FUNNY, BUT JUST AS OFTEN DEEPLY MOVING.
New York Times
FOREVER TIMELY. Variety
The press on Proud Haddock:
SOMETHING PRETTY SPECIAL Time Out
VIBRANT, HEARTFELT AND PROVOCATIVE The Times
Billy Bishop Goes to War won the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award in 1981, the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award in 1982 and the Governor General’s Award for English Drama in 1982. It is the most performed play in Canadian theatre.
Jimmy Walters is Artistic Director of Proud Haddock. He returns to Jermyn Street Theatre following The Dog Beneath The Skin. Other productions include Mrs Orwell (Southwark Playhouse) and The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus (Finborough Theatre)
Running time Around 2 hours 15 minutes, including interval.
Monday to Friday 7.30pm
Monday – Friday 7.30pm
Saturday 3.30pm & 7.30pm
Please note that after Saturday 10 November all tickets are full price.
Box Office 020 7287 2875 www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk