Following the performance on Monday 1 May, authors Ian Hislop and Nick Newman will talk about The Wipers Times as well as answering your questions. Free to same day ticket holders. Book your tickets now >
By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
Following a successful UK tour, The Wipers Times comes to London for a 2-month engagement. Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, this satirical play is an adaptation of their award-winning BBC film that tells the story of the satirical newspaper that the soldiers created during the war to help raise spirits. Caroline Leslie directs a cast of 8 at the intimate Arts Theatre.
Cast includes Kevin Brewer as Henderson, James Dutton as Roberts, George Kemp as Pearson, Jake Morgan as Barnes and Dan Tetsell as General Mitford.
Set in the Belgian town of Ypres (pronounced ‘Wipers’ by these British shoulders, quite incorrectly!), two officers come across a printing press during a raid and set about creating a newspaper for their fellow troops. But what sets their newspaper apart from the national press is that they do not wish to write a sombre journal about the trials and tribulations of war and their life in the trenches, but a cheerful and subversive newspaper to amuse and warm the souls of the men on the frontline. Facing enemy bombardment, gas attacks and a disdain from the top Brass, the paper was printed for two whole years and was a testament to the resilience of these men.
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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.