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The Wipers Times Theatre Breaks

Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H7JB.

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  • Runs at London's Arts Theatre until 1st December
  • Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
  • The true story of a newspaper produced by soldiers during the First World War
  • Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
  • Runs at London's Arts Theatre from October 2018
  • "Laugh a minute" - Mail on Sunday
  • A funny yet affecting play that tells the true story of a newspaper produced by soldiers during the First World War.
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The Wipers Times Theatre Show Information

About The Wipers Times

Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, The Wipers Times tells the true story of a satirical newspaper, created and produced by soldiers during the chaos of the First World War.

"Laugh a minute" - Mail on Sunday

"Even - perhaps especially - at its silliest, the play has a respect for its subject matter that is deadly serious and decidedly affecting" - The Times

The Story

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.

History of The Wipers Times

During the battle of Ypres in 1916, members of 12th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters came across a printing press in an abandoned building. A sergeant who had been a printer in peacetime salvaged it and found it to be in working order. Although many of the contributor’s names have not been recorded, the editor was Captain F. J. Roberts and the sub-editor was Lieutenant J. H. Pearson. The newspaper they produced was archly satirical including poems, reflections, in-jokes and lampoons of the current military situation. Ian Hislop and Nick Newman produced a BBC TV dramatization in 2013 which starred Ben Chaplin and Julian Rhind-Tutt with Michael Palin and Emilia Fox. The stage adaptation followed in 2016 and was staged at The Watermill Theatre in Newbury before transferring to London’s West End. The show is touring the country during 2018 and includes a run at the Arts Theatre, London from October to December 2018.

Duration: Two hours & 10 minutes (including interval)

Show Times

Evenings: Monday - Saturday Evenings: 7.30pm

Matinees: Thursday & Saturday Matinee: 2.30pm

Running time: 2 hours & 10 minutes (including interval)


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