The Wipers Times

The Arts Theatre, London

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Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

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.

★ ★ ★ ★ "Laugh a minute" Mail on Sunday

★ ★ ★ ★ "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

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "A quite magnificent stage play" Libby Purves, TheatreCat

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Wonderfully theatrical" WhatsonStage

Age Recommendation: 12+