Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s satirical play gets West End transfer

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s acclaimed play The Wipers Times will transfer to London’s West End in 2017

A stage adaptation of Hislop and Newman’s award-winning BBC film, The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme, interspersed with comic sketches and spoofs from the vivid imagination of those on the front line.

Directed by Caroline Leslie, the West End transfer follows a sell out UK tour, and will play the Arts Theatre in March next year. The cast includes Kevin Brewer, James Dutton, George Kemp, Jake Morgan and Dan Tetsell.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman said: “We thought it would all be over by Christmas – but we are delighted that following a sell-out tour, The Wipers Times continues with a run at the Arts Theatre.  A hundred years after World War 1, London audiences will have a chance to see this forgotten true story about a satirical trench newspaper and discover that the black humour of The Wipers Times is still remarkably fresh, funny and poignant. We are thrilled that it ‘s not going to be all quiet on the West End Front…”

The Wipers Times will run from 21 March 2017 until 13 May 2017 at the Arts Theatre.


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