The Wipers Times Tickets
Booking from: Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Booking until: Saturday, 13 May 2017
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Recommended for ages 12+.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Saturday, 13 May 2017
2 hours 10 minutes
By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
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 national tour, The Wipers Times transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season.
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the French town of Ypres (mis-pronounced 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 front line.
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.
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6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB
- Disabled toilets
- Wheelchair/scooter access
- Capacity: 350
- Year built: 1927