Following a sell-out West End run, an appearance at the Passchendaele Centenary in Ypres, and an eleven week national tour, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s acclaimed play, The Wipers Times, returns to London from October at the Arts Theatre.
Based on the true story of a group of soldiers who created a satirical newspaper surrounded by the mud and mayhem of the Great War, this infectiously charming production is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. Because, what do you do in the face of death – you laugh at it!
A perfect night out for those who lived through the war or anyone interested in history – this show is a must-see.
The cast is yet to be announced.
In early 1916 two officers from the 12th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, come across an abandoned printing press while stationed in Ypres (mispronounced Wipers by the British soldiers). They create a newspaper for the troops – cheerful and subversive, filled with poems, reflections, in-jokes and gallows humour, it’s a hit! The Wipers Times follows those behind the paper and their struggle to keep it going on the front line.
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(2mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square up to Great Newport Street on your left, where you can see the theatre.