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The Wipers Times

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.

★★★★★ "Wonderfully theatrical" - WhatsonStage
★★★★★ "A quite magnificent stage play" - Libby Purves, TheatreCat
★★★★ "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


84 Long Lane, London SE1 4AU

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No refunds or exchanges after booking.


Act 1: 60 minutes

20 minute interval

Act II : 50 minutes

Suitable For Children

12+ recommended

Performance Times

Tuesday 21 March - Saturday 13 May 2017

Monday - Saturday evenings 7.30pm

Thursday and Saturday matinees 2.30pm

Where Do I Go

Arts Theatre : 6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2 H7JB

NEAREST TUBE: LEICESTER SQUARE. Take the Cambridge Circus exit (Exit 3). The theatre is the first street on the right.

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