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. Created to lift the troop’s spirits, the paper encapsulated the remarkable trench humour of the First World War.
When two army officers discover a printing press in a destroyed building during World War One, in the Belgian town of Ypres (wrongly assumed to be pronounced by the soldiers as Wipers), they get a unique idea. Instead of using the press to print a bleak account of life in the trenches, they create a resolutely cheery, subversive newspaper with the purpose of keeping everyone’s spirits high on the frontline.
As their enemies dropped bombs, gassed their trenches and the Top Brass disapproved, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for a phenomenal two years. The Wipers Times acts a tribute to the resilience of human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.
Original 2017 casting saw Kevin Brewser as Henderson, James Dutton as Roberts, George Kemp as Pearson, Jake Morgan as Barnes and Dan Tetsell and General Mitford.
Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, The Wipers Times is directed by Caroline Leslie, featuring design by Dora Schweitzer, lighting design by James Smith, sound design by Steve Mayo and original compositions by Nick Green.
Heralded as a funny and original production, The Wipers Times returns to the West End once more for a strictly limited season, playing at the Arts Theatre from 15 October to 1 December 2018, with a press night on 18 October 2018.
Recommended forThe Wipers Times is perfect for those who love sharp and witty political satires. Fans of Ian Hislop and Nick Newman should not miss out on tickets for this acclaimed comedy.
Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+