Billy Bishop Goes to War

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This play with songs explores the complexities of heroism, the cost of war, and Britain's colonial past. A true story.
Billy Bishop Goes to War at Jermyn Street Theatre

Image: Jermyn Street Theatre


Genre: Play with music
Venue: Jermyn Street Theatre
Started: Wednesday 31 October 2018
Closed: Saturday 24 November 2018
Running time:2 hrs 10 mins
Age suitability: 16+


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).

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.


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.

A deceptively simple and totally gripping theatrical experience.

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16b Jermyn Street
London SW1Y 6ST

Box office tel: 020 7287 2875

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Previews from:Wednesday 31 October 2018

Press night:Friday 2 November 2018

Closes:Saturday 24 November 2018

Performance days & times


Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Saturday - 3-30pm





£20 (£10 for under-30s - limited number)


Billy Bishop - Charles Aitken

Older Billy Bishop - Oliver Beamish


Author: John MacLachlan Gray in collaboration with Eric Peterson
Director: Jimmy Walters
Designer: Daisy Blower
Musical direction: Adam Gerber
Lighting: Armin Friess
Sound: Dinah Mullen
Production: Jermyn Street Theatre

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