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Arts Theatre
6-7 Great Newport Street
London, WC2H 7JB
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SHOW TIMES
Opened: 21 Mar 2017
Booking from: 12 May 2017
Booking until: 13 May 2017
Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes (including an interval)
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  • gillianclarke 4 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Wipers Times, 21st March 2017
    Brilliant show, atmospherics so believable, great cast. Highly recommend this show.
    Sat in Circle B7
    A good view of the stage, did find the seat uncomfortable.
  • gillianclarke 4 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Wipers Times, 21st March 2017
    Excellent thoroughly enjoyed every moment.
    Sat in Circle B8
    UNFORTUNATLEY I had a very tall man in front of me which meant I had to keep moving to see the stage, but normally the view would be very good.
  • Anonymous User 4473 reviews 561 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Wipers Times, 4th May 2017
    The show was excellent and the acting was first class.
    Sat in Stalls F13
    Considering the theatre is quite old, the seat I chose was ideal for me at 5ft 8in. The view was good but the access a little cramped.
  • keithmorley 1 review 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Wipers Times, 1st April 2017
    Very well acted and produced. Set and staging very well managed.
    Sat in Stalls F11
    Very good view and leg room bu seats are getting old and used. They could benefit from attention or replacements.
THE WIPERS TIMES SEATING PLAN
The Arts Theatre is a fairly small theatre for the West End, so generally gives a good view from most seats without feeling too far away. Support pillars at the end of Row J restrict views, while seats in Rows M and N do have some overhang above from the Circle.

The Circle itself is quite small and feels fairly close to the stage and is laid out in a horseshoe shape. The slips are benches rather than seats however and can be quite side on, so are generally not recommended unless you don't mind being a bit comfortable and want a good deal.
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STORY
Following a hugely successful sold-out UK Tour, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s satirical play The Wipers Times transferred to the Arts Theatre in London’s West End in spring 2017. With performances having run from Tuesday 21st March 2017, The Wipers Times had an official opening on Monday 27th March 2017.

The Wipers Times is Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s magnificent stage adaptation of their award-winning BBC film of the same name. Based on the extraordinary true story of the men who created a satirical newspaper amongst the chaos and destruction of the Somme, The Wipers Times is intersected with hilarious sketches and spoofs from the brilliant imaginations of those on the front line.

This forgotten true story uncovers the remarkable black humour of World War I, while still feeling unbelievable fresh, funny and moving.

The play follows two army officers who discover a printing press in a destroyed building during the First World War in the town of Ypres (wrongly assumed to be pronounced by the soldiers as Wipers).

Instead of using the press to print a bleak account of life in the mud of the trenches, the men instead set about creating an resolutely cheery, subversive and hilarious newspaper with the sole purpose of keeping the men’s spirits high on the frontline.

While the enemies dropped bombs, gassed their trenches and the general disapproved, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years. The Wipers Times acts a brilliant tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming bleakness and adversity.

Kevin Brewser starred as Henderson, alongside James Dutton as Roberts, George Kemp as Pearson, Jake Morgan as Barnes and Dan Tetsell and General Mitford. The Wipers Times was directed by Caroline Leslie (Port, Ivanov & Little Women).

The Wipers Times is written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Hislop is best known for being the long-running editor of the British satirical magazine, Private Eye as well as being a team captain on the much-loved BBC TV Show Have I Got News for You.

Nick Newman has worked with Hislop on a wide range of comedy projects, including writing for Maureen Lipman and Dawn French. The pair have also written sketches for The Harry Enfield Show and the BBC Radio 4 satire Gush.

The Wipers Times was one of the funniest new shows to open in the West End in 2017 and was not to be missed by those who love sharp and witty satire. The Wipers Times began performances at the Arts Theatre on 21st March 2017 and ran until 13 May 2017.
SUITABLE FOR
The Wipers Times is perfect for anyone who loves sharp and witty political satires. Fans on Ian Hislop and Nick Newman and their huge catalogue of comedy work on everything from Spitting Image to The Harry Enfield show should definitely ensure to get tickets for this hilarious new show.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for ages 12+
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