The HAT Presents BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR November 3rd to 15th


The Highland Arts Theatre

~ presents ~

Billy Bishop Goes To War

by John Gray with Eric Peterson ~ Music by John Gray

Directed by Ron Jenkins

November 3rd to 15th

Tuesday to Saturday at 8:00PM

Sundays at 2:00PM and 8:00PM

Tickets Free of Charge


One of the greatest Canadian musicals is coming to Cape Breton for the first time!

The original production toured across Canada, and also was staged in Washington, in both on Broadway and off-Broadway in New York City, at the Edinburgh Festival, in Los Angeles, and at the Comedy Theatre in London making it one of the most widely-produced plays in Canadian theatre.

This production features Mark Delaney as Billy Bishop and an entire cast of characters

“Billy Bishop is a high-flying ace of a show, capturing the humour, the hellfire and the daring-do of an extraordinary career … The score is filled with vintage replicas of the kind of songs that sent men rushing in–and out–of battle.” – New York Times

~ An Experiment in Radical Access ~

In the light of this unprecedented time, we are trying something Radical: We want to become the first Professional, Community-Funded Theatre in Canada. We are looking for 2000 people to make monthly donations of $25 or more to publicly fund our operations and projects and as a result, we will offer all 12 Mainstage plays and musicals every year free of charge.

We haven't quite reached that goal, but we are so close! At the time of this writing, we are at 99.6% of the way. We know this can work and we're willing to make the first move.

We aren't going to charge you a cent for this ticket, but if you haven't already, we highly encourage you to go to our website and make a pledge for ongoing monthly donations (you can also do a one-time donation if you prefer).

You'll receive:
1) A tax-deductible charitable receipt, 2) Advance access to book for future Mainstage Productions, and 3) The knowledge that you are supporting a professional arts organization in downtown Sydney and helping create free access for everyone in the community.

For more information or to make your pledge, check out: http://www.highlandartstheatre.com/radical-access

Tickets: FREE OF CHARGE (if not a monthly donor, suggested donations of $25/ticket are welcome)

If you book your tickets and then do not need them, please let us know no less than 6 hours before showtime by e-mailing us at: [email protected]

From November 3rd to 15th
Tuesday to Saturday at 8:00PM

Sundays at 2:00PM and 8:00PM


COVID-19 Protocols:
We are very grateful that it has been more than three months since we have had a new confirmed case of COVID-19 in Cape Breton, however, it is essential that we do not become overly relaxed or complacent. We will be complying with all provincial and federal recommendations and guidelines. Please be advised that protocols could change at any time pending provincial order or increased risk.

All audiences will be limited to 12.5% of our overall capacity (approx. 50 people). Every seat will automatically be booked with a six-foot "bubble" around their seats to ensure mandatory physical distancing. Masks will be mandatory upon entrance and throughout performance. Washrooms will be gender-neutral for the time being, and limited to one-person per washroom at a time. (Disinfectant will be used between each use.) Audiences will be permitted to enter and exit as necessary to "freshen up". All facilities will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between performances.

We are committed to keeping our audience, staff, and artists safe and secure. If you have any feedback or concerns, please feel free to contact us at: [email protected]

Thank you so much and see you soon at the HAT!

Highland Arts Theatre

40 Bentinck Street, Sydney, NS B1P 1G2


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