The Wipers Times

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By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times - a stage adaptation of their award-winning BBC film - tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme, interspersed with comic sketches and spoofs from the vivid imagination of those on the front line.

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Running time: 
2 hours 10 minutes
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About The Wipers Times:

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.

Child Policy:
Recommended for ages 12+.
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre
Caroline Leslie
James Smith
Steve Mayo
Dora Schweitzer
Cast list:
Kevin Brewer (Henderson), James Dutton (Roberts), George Kemp (Pearson), Jake Morgan (Barnes) and Dan Tetsell (General Mitford).
Other info:
Composer Nick Green. Musical Director Paul Herbert Hide The Wipers Times Schedule
The Wipers Times Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Tuesday, 21 March, 2017
Opening date: 
Monday, 27 March, 2017
Available from: 
Saturday, 13 May, 2017
Saturday, 13 May, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 13 May, 2017

Arts Theatre

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

The Wipers Times Customer reviews

Our 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

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