Ian Hislops and Nick Newman's The Wipers Times

The Wipers Times at the Arts Theatre

Arts Theatre, London

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Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times comes to the West End’s Arts Theatre

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 season at the Arts Theatre The Wipers Times returns for seven weeks only.

The Wipers Times will run from 16 October 2018 until 1 December 2018 at the Arts Theatre, London.


In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mispronounced 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 frontline.

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.

The production takes place one hundred years after the Battle of the Somme and publication of The Wipers Times.


The cast includes Emilia Williams, Dan Mersh, Clio Davies, George Kemp, Amar Aggoun, James Dutton, Kevin Brewer, Chris Levens, Joseph Reed and Sam Ducane


Directed by Caroline Leslie, with design by Dora Schweitzer, lighting by James Smith, sound by Steve Mayo, composed by Nick Green and musical direction by Paul Herbert. The Wipers Times is written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.


★★★★ ‘The Wipers Times finds humour amid the horror of the trenches’ Daily Telegraph

Venue Information

Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 24, 29, 176

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