The Wipers Times

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The Wipers Times, by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, brings to life an incredible true story of a group of determined soldiers set on shining some light on the First World War. Following a sell-out run in 2017, The Wipers Times returns to the Arts Theatre from October 2018, with tickets available now.

In 1916, deep in the trenches of the Belgian town of Ypres, a small group of soldiers uncover an abandoned printing press. Re-built into working condition by a sergeant who was a printer before the war, the 12th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, set about creating The Wipers Times, a paper full of poems, jokes and essays about life in the trenches. The Wipers Times dramatises the incredible story of the paper which served as inspiration for modern-day publications like Private Eye and Charlie Hebdo.

Ian Hislop is best-known for his work at the satirical magazine Private Eye, where he has been the editor since 1986. He has also been a team captain on Have I Got News For You since 1990, and is the only person to appear in every single episode.

Nick Newman has worked as a cartoonist at Private Eye since 1981, and as a comedy sketch writer, he has written for many programmes such as The Harry Enfield Show, Murder Most Horrid and The News at Bedtime.

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The Wipers Times running time: 
2 hours 10 minutes
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In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mispronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops.Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the frontline.Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity. The production takes place one hundred years after the Battle of the Somme and publication of The Wipers Times.

Recommended for ages 12+.
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre
Caroline Leslie
James Smith
Steve Mayo
Dora Schweitzer
Other info:
Composer Nick Green. Musical Director Paul Herbert Hide The Wipers Times Schedule

Arts Theatre

6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB, GB-WSM, GB
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square

The Wipers Times Customer reviews

Our The Wipers Times Review

“The war is not funny sir” begins one of the characters in The Wipers Times. “I've a feeling that may be the point” barks his senior officer. For all the exploration of the Great War on stage over the years it's fair to say that the subject is infrequently met with any degree of humour or light-hearted abandon. Nick Newman and Ian Hislop's gentle and well delivered play based on the real life... Read more

Latest The Wipers Times News & Features

Aled Jones to make guest appearance in The Wipers Times on Remembrance Sunday
Friday, November 2, 2018

Aled Jones will make a special guest appearance in the evening performance of The Wipers Times on Sunday 11th November. Jones will perform a special arrangement of “Silent Night” with cast members during the Remembrance Sunday performance, in support with the Royal British Legion.

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