The Wipers Times Tickets London Theatre

The Wipers Times Tickets

3.3 (4) · New Writing, Contemporary

Following a sell-out season, The Wipers Times returns to the West End.

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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.

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.

Critic reviews

The spirit and humour of a lost generation shine through a poignant, thoughtful script

· Everything Theatre

A skilled reminder that what separates civilisation and barbarity is perhaps not efficient bureaucracy nor military strategy, but laughter

· The Upcoming

Though not exactly groundbreaking, it does provide a novel way of framing the Armistice centenary with a truly remarkable story

· Broadway World

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

· The Times

Ian Hislop salutes satirical wartime newspaper. The show recounts an extraordinary story. Offers a salutary message: that, even in war, blessed are the piss-takers.

· The Guardian

Wonderfully theatrical.

· WhatsOnStage
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Show ended
Tue 16 Oct - Sat 1 Dec, 7.30pm & 2.30pm


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