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Arts Theatre
6-7 Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London

Schedule

Running Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes

Mondays: 7:30pm
Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Thursdays: 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 2:30pm and 7:30pm

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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.


BWW Review: THE WIPERS TIMES, Arts TheatreBWW Review: THE WIPERS TIMES, Arts Theatre
by Gary Naylor - March 28, 2017

The Wipers Times tells the story of an underground magazine, written on the Western Front by soldiers for soldiers, the articles packed with good humour and a touch of irreverence. (more...)