About The Wipers Times

Monday 1st May - Post show discussion with Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

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 > 

The Wipers Times

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.

Who's in it?

Cast includes Kevin Brewer as Henderson, James Dutton as Roberts, George Kemp as Pearson, Jake Morgan as Barnes and Dan Tetsell as General Mitford.

What's the story?

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.

The Wipers Times Performance Dates & Times

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The Venue

Find out more about the venue for your show: Directions, Transport options and facilities.

Where is The Wipers Times?

6-7 Great Newport Street London WC2H 7JB
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
  • Parking: Chinatown (3 mins)
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
  • Nearest Tube: Piccadilly, Northern
  • Directions:

    (2mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square up to Great Newport Street on your left, where you can see the theatre.

  • Nearest Station: Charing Cross


  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible