Theatre

“Whether it’s music, theater or film, the Bickford Theatre has consistently impressed me with the quality of its presentations. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how this venue continues to grow in the years to come.”

Jay Lustig, NJ Arts


Box Office: 973.971.3706


Plays

 

Ticket Prices:

Museum Members: $35
Non-Members: $45
Seniors: $40
Students with valid ID: $25
Group Rates for 10 or more: $38

 


Bill Bishop Logo by Tim Musial.

Billy Bishop Goes to War
Book, Music & Lyrics by John Gray and Eric Peterson
Directed by Michael Musial
November 10 – 18, 2018

One of Canada’s most successful and enduring musical plays.  This memory play is the celebrated story of Billy Bishop, the World War I flying ace, credited with 72 victories and billed as the top pilot in the British Empire. This show is produced by the Theatre Institute at Sage.

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, the war to end all wars with an unlikely hero in Billy Bishop. He was the worst student in the Royal Military College but went on to become the most decorated officer of the Royal Canadian Flying Corps in World War I. John Gray and Eric Peterson’s hilarious and poignant play tells the story of high-flying escapes, and love and loss on the front lines of battle in this two-man show featuring a piano player who accompanies Billy as he regales the audience with tales of war and includes all the characters he met along the way.

Cast and Creative team

  • David Girard, Billy Bishop
  • Michael Musial, Pianist
  • Michael Musial, Director
  • Set Design, Tim Bornt
  • Costume Design, Charlie Barnett and Lynne Roblin
  • Lighting Design, Kerri Coburn
Performances:

David Girard as Billy Bishop. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Michael Musial, director and performer. Photo courtesy of the artist.

David Girard as Billy Bishop. Photo courtesy of Theatre Institute at Sage.

Michael Musial and David Girard in Billy Bishop Goes to War. Photo by Tamara Hansen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Photo courtesy of Playhouse Productions.

My Son, the Waiter,  A Jewish Tragedy
Written by and starring Brad Zimmerman
May 2 – May 5, 2019

 

Brad Zimmerman combines years of training as an actor with years on the standup comedy circuit, to create this hybrid play that weaves a bittersweet tale of one man’s lengthy, and we do mean lengthy, struggle in New York. His send-ups on his family, his career, his childhood and his misbegotten love life are as warm and poignant as they are hysterical.

Performances:

  • Thursday, May 2, 2:00PM  Get Tickets
  • Thursday, May 2, 7:30PM (Museum Members only)  Call the Box Office at 973.971.3706
  • Friday, May 2, 8:00PM  Get Tickets
  • Saturday, May 4, 2:00PM  Get Tickets
  • Saturday, May 4, 8:00PM  Get Tickets
  • Sunday, May 5, 2:00PM  Get Tickets

 


National Theatre

National Theatre Live, is a broadcast filmed in front of a live audience in a theatre, with cameras carefully positioned to ensure that cinema audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’.  Launched in 2009 it has broadcast more than 40 productions utilizing satellites to broadcast to theatres throughout Europe and the US.  Over 5.5 million people have experienced these productions in over 2,000 venues.

Two of our season’s productions will be broadcast LIVE at 2:00PM.

All seats are General Admission.

Tickets

Museum Members: $20
Non-Members: $25

 

The Madness of George III
Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 2:00PM (LIVE) and 7:00PM (Encore) 

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse. Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

The Run Time is 2 hours and 40 minutes.

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2:00PM Live
7:00PM Encore

I’m Not Running
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 2:00PM(LIVE) and 7:00PM (Encore) 

An explosive new play by David Hare, who was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’.

Siân Brooke plays Pauline Gibson, who has spent her life as a doctor – the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labor Party politics, she’s faced with an agonizing decision. What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?

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2:00PM Live
7:00PM Encore

 

Julius Caesar at the Bridge. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Julius Caesar at the Bridge. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Julius Caesar
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 2:00PM
Encore Performance

Ben Whishaw (The Danish GirlSkyfallHamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job)plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

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Rory Kinnear, Beatrice Scirocchi and Anna Maria Nabirye in Macbeth. Photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg.

Rory Kinnear, Beatrice Scirocchi and Anna Maria Nabirye in Macbeth. Photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg.

Macbeth
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 2:00PM
Encore Performance

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Rufus Norris

 Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny OperaLondon Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

 The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

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