The Wipers Times Tickets
Following a sold out run last year, Caroline Leslie directs Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s stage adaptation of their award-winning BBC film The Wipers Times as it returns to the Arts Theatre this October for a strictly limited seven week season.
Based on an extraordinary true story, the play documents the creation of a satirical newspaper amidst the mud and mayhem of the Somme.
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 decide to 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.
Recommended for ages 12+.
2 hours 10 minutes
The Arts Theatre
6 - 7 Great Newport Street
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Nearest Rail: Charing Cross
Bus Routes: 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 87, 91, 139, 176
Parking: NCP Upper St Martin's Lane
Wheelchair users will need assistance at the theatre entrance.
Wheelchair spaces are available in the Dress Circle where there is a ramped entrance from the street level and toilet facilities.
An induction loop system is available for the hearing impaired.
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