Following a hugely successful sold-out UK Tour, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s satirical play The Wipers Times transfers to the Arts Theatre in London’s West End in spring 2017, with tickets available from the end of 2016. With previews beginning on Tuesday 21st March 2017 and 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 stars as Henderson, alongside James Dutton as Roberts, George Kemp as Pearson, Jake Morgan as Barnes and Dan Tetsell and General Mitford. The Wipers Times is 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 is set to be one of the funniest new shows to open in the West End in 2017 and is not to be missed by those who love sharp and witty satire. The Wipers Times is set to begin performances at the Arts Theatre on 21st March 2017 and run until 13 May 2017, with tickets set to fly.
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.
May not be suitable for young children