Based on the true story, and brought to life with musical numbers, this ‘poignantly beautiful’ (Libby Purves) production of Billy Bishop Goes to War transfers to Southwark Playhouse from 13 March after a critically acclaimed run at the Jermyn Street Theatre.
Billy Bishop, a failing Canadian military college student, overcomes intense prejudice from British High Command and astonishing danger to become the most successful fighter pilot of his generation. This ‘incredibly moving’ (LondonTheatre1) production interrogates the nature of heroism and its cost while shining a light on the often-neglected complexities of Britain’s colonial past. ‘Charles Aitken shines’ (Entertainment Focus) and ‘Oliver Beamish sparkles’ (The Stage) in this ‘absolutely phenomenal’ (Theatre Box) and ‘captivating’ (Broadway World) production, ‘Skilfully directed’ (Reviewsgate) by Jimmy Walters.
★★★★★ “Incredibly moving” London Theatre 1
★★★★ “Beautiful” Libby Purves
★★★★ “Remarkable” The Reviews Hub
★★★★ “Beautiful” The Stage
★★★★ “Captivating.” Broadway World
★★★★ “Charming and sincere” LoveLondon LoveCulture
★★★★ “Engrossing” Londonist