THE WIPERS TIMES

  • ★★★★
    “laugh a minute”
    mail on sunday

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

  • ★★★★★
    “a quite magnificent stage play”
    libby purves, theatrecat

  • ★★★★★
    “wonderfully theatrical”
    whatsonstage

  • ★★★★
    “what this play brilliantly conveys, without any sentimentality and with copious gags, is that the production of a few fragile pieces of paper came almost to matter more to those chaps involved than life itself.”
    daily telegraph

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

THE SHOW

  • Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme. Following a sell-out national tour, The Wipers Times transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season.

    In a bombed out building during the First World War in the French 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.

  • The Wipers Times - Ian Hislop and Nick Newman as Huns

     

“We thought it would all be over by Christmas – but we are delighted that following a sell-out tour, The Wipers Times continues with a run at the Arts Theatre.  A hundred years after World War 1, London audiences 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 going to be all quiet on the West End Front…”

– Ian Hislop & Nick Newman


 

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UK TOUR FROM SEPTEMBER 2017


12 – 16 SEPTEMBER • CARDIFF NEW THEATRE

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18 – 23 SEPTEMBER • OXFORD PLAYHOUSE

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26 – 30 SEPTEMBER • RICHMOND THEATRE

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2 – 7 OCTOBER • NEWCASTLE NORTHERN STAGE

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9 – 14 OCTOBER • SOUTHEND PALACE THEATRE

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16 – 21 OCTOBER • GUILDFORD YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE

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23 – 28 OCTOBER • SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE

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31 OCT – 4 NOV • MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE

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7 – 11 NOVEMBER • GLASGOW THEATRE ROYAL

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13 – 18 NOVEMBER • CHELTENHAM EVERYMAN THEATRE

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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 - Peter Losasso
  • The Wipers Times - Ross McLaren
  • The Wipers Times - Jake Morgan
  • The Wipers Times - Dan Tetsell
  • 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