THE WIPERS TIMES

  • ★★★★
    “laugh a minute”

    mail on sunday

  • ★★★★
    “remarkable forerunner to private eye”

    daily telegraph

  • “even in war, blessed are the piss-takers”

    the guardian

  • ★★★★
    “even – perhaps especially – at its silliest, the play has a respect for its subject matter that is deadly serious and decidedly affecting”

    the times

  • ★★★★★
    “quite magnificent”

    libby purves

  • “ian hislop & nick newman dress the story with an infectious charm while paying homage to the black humour of the paper”

    the sunday times

  • ★★★★★
    “wonderfully theatrical”

    whatsonstage

  • “there is both seriousness and sadness to this play, and a touching respect for the men who, surrounded by hell, had the guts to laugh about it”

    financial times

THE SHOW


  • Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of a satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Great War. Following a sell-out West End run and an appearance at the Passchendaele Centenary in Ypres, The Wipers Times begins an eleven week national tour from 12th September 2017.

    In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mis-pronounced 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 front line.

    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.

  • Wipers Times - Ian Hislop and Nick Newman as Huns

     

“It’s all quiet on the West End Front but The Wipers Times is on manoeuvres once again. Following a successful London run and participation in the BBC’s Passchendaele Centenary commemorations in Ypres, The Wipers Times is embarking on an eleven week tour. A hundred years after World War I, audiences nationwide will have a chance to see this forgotten true story about a satirical trench newspaper and discover that the black humour of The Wipers Times is still remarkably fresh, funny and poignant. We are thrilled that it‘s not journey’s end…”

– Ian Hislop & Nick Newman


 


BOOK TICKETS

UK TOUR FROM SEPTEMBER 2017


12 – 16 SEPTEMBER • CARDIFF NEW THEATRE

“A beautifully written play staged with a polished precision. A must see.”
South Wales Argus


18 – 23 SEPTEMBER • OXFORD PLAYHOUSE

★★★★★
“There is no better tribute to those who served, fought, died and, incredibly, laughed in the war to end all wars.”
Oxford Times


26 – 30 SEPTEMBER • RICHMOND THEATRE

★★★★
“There really is no better way of telling the story than on stage.”
The London Economic


2 – 7 OCTOBER • NEWCASTLE NORTHERN STAGE

★★★★★
“It’s very funny, very sad and very poignant. Most of all, though, it’s very believable.”
Newcastle Evening Chronicle


9 – 14 OCTOBER • SOUTHEND PALACE THEATRE

★★★★
“Shows how humour can triumph in the face of overwhelming adversity, even in the most solemn of times, and is a wonderfully fitting tribute.”
Southend Theatre Scene


16 – 21 OCTOBER • GUILDFORD YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE

“Affecting and affectionate.”
Surrey Advertiser


23 – 28 OCTOBER • SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE

“Poignant and engaging. An instant hit with Salisbury audiences.”
Salisbury Journal


31 OCT – 4 NOV • MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE

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Box Office: 0844 871 3018


7 – 11 NOVEMBER • GLASGOW THEATRE ROYAL

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Box Office: 0844 871 7647


13 – 18 NOVEMBER • CHELTENHAM EVERYMAN THEATRE

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Box Office: 01242 572573


21 – 25 NOVEMBER • CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE

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Box Office: 01243 781312

AUTUMN TOUR 2018


28 AUG – 1 SEP • NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL

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Box Office: 0115 989 5555


17 – 22 SEPTEMBER • MALVERN FESTIVAL THEATRE

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Box Office: 01684 892277


MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

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GALLERY




CAST


  • The Wipers Times - Kevin Brewer
  • The Wipers Times - Clio Davies
  • The Wipers Times - Sam Ducane
  • The Wipers Times - James Dutton
  • The Wipers Times - George Kemp
  • The Wipers Times - Chris Levens
  • The Wipers Times - Dan Mersh
  • The Wipers Times - Jake Morgan
  • The Wipers Times - Joseph Reed
  • The Wipers Times - Emilia Williams

BEHIND THE SCENES

  • CAROLINE LESLIE
    Director
  • BOB BENTON
    Producer
  • DAVID PARFITT
    Producer
  • IAN HISLOP
    Writer
  • NICK NEWMAN
    Writer
  • DORA SCHWEITZER
    Designer
  • NICK GREEN
    Composer
  • JAMES SMITH
    Lighting Designer

  • STEVE MAYO
    Sound Designer
  • PAUL HERBERT
    Musical Director
  • SIMON FRIEND
    ENTERTAINMENT
    General Manager