Dinner Theatre: Billy Bishop Goes to War
- written by John MacLachlan Gray & Eric Peterson
This Remembrance Day event starts with a Roast Beef au jus dinner prepared in the period style, catered by Crossroads, including soup, mini Yorkshire pudding, potatoes and fall vegetables tossed in butter and herbs, a vegetarian option, and, of course, dessert.
Billy Bishop Goes to War is a Canadian musical written by John MacLachlan Gray in collaboration with Eric Petersen. It dramatizes the life of Canadian World War 1 fighter pilot Billy Bishop and is one of the most famous and widely produced plays in Canadian theatre history.
Air Marshal William Avery "Billy" Bishop, VC, CB, DSO & Bar, MC, DFC, ED was a Canadian flying ace and Victoria Cross recipient of the First World War. He was officially credited with 72 victories, making him the top Canadian ace of the war.
The play premiered in Vancouver, British Columbia on Nov 3, 1978. The original production toured across Canada, and also was staged in Washington D.C., both on Broadway and Off-Broadway in New York City, at The Edinburgh Festival, in Los Angeles and at The Comedy Theatre in London England.The play 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.
DIRECTED by Joan Bendon and STARRING William Colgate (portraying 19 character roles) and Cameron Gibson (as Piano Player) and PRODUCED by Dot The T Productions.