The Wipers Times returns

Wednesday 21 February 2018

London West End - Shows

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's show about a newspaper written for troops in the First World War returns to the Arts Theatre from 16 October and will be on UK tour from 28 August.
The Wipers Times at the Arts Theatre

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The Wipers Times was a magazine written and published by British soldiers during the First World War - you can read more details about it here.

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.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's show, The Wipers Times, tells the true story of this satirical publication that was created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.

Following a previous sell-out season in the West End and a national tour, the show returns for a seven-week run to the Arts Theatre.

It will also be touring again from August this year - more details available here.


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.


Author: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
Composer: Nick Green
Director: Caroline Leslie
Designer: Dora Schweitzer
Musical direction: Paul Herbert
Lighting: James Smith
Sound: Steve Mayo


Arts Theatre - Main House
6-7 Great Newport Street


From: Tuesday 16 October 2018

Closes: Saturday 1 December 2018


Standard: From £23

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